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Jones, Linda L. Cronin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2003
Discusses the use of the lecture format as a teaching method in college classes and presents 10 research-based ideas. Outlines four main components of an effective lecture using concrete examples from actual college science lectures. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Lecture Method, Science Education
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Del Federico, Eleonora; Diver, Steven; Konaklieva, Monika; Ludescher, Richard – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
Presents a story on an investigation of the painter of an artwork (who is suspected to be Cezanne) that uses UV spectroscopy, IR spectrum, X-ray fluorescence, and luminescence images. Leaves the story open-ended as to whether the painting is authentic. Includes teaching notes and suggestions for classroom management. (YDS)
Descriptors: Art, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Chemistry, Classroom Techniques
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Dinan, Frank J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
Introduces a chemistry unit, the "Evolving Atom", based on a problem-based learning approach designed for non-science majors. Uses the case method to address memory loss in mice during instruction. (Contains 14 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Chemistry, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education
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Cheville, Alan; Scepanovic, Misa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
Introduces a case study on a motion picture company considering the purchase of a newly developed zoom lens in which students act as the engineers designing the zoom lens based on the criteria of company's specifications. Focuses on geometrical optics. Includes teaching notes and classroom management strategies. (YDS)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Engineering Education, Higher Education, Light
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Carroll, Margaret – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
Presents a case study that explores the effects of removing coyotes from different types of environments. Students investigate the effects of coyote removal from west Texas with mock proposal funding in which they design the experiment and discuss the effects. Includes teaching notes and classroom management strategies. (YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Conservation (Environment), Ecology
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Vail, Stephanie; Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
Uses the case study method approach to teach about cell structure, organelle functions, the origin of eukaryotic cells, and evolution. Presents a story in which each structure of the cell is characterized with a personality. Includes teaching notes and classroom management strategies. (YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Cytology, Higher Education
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Omarzu, Julia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
Presents the real life story of Molly, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, and her parents' hope to cure her by having another child with specific genetic markers and using his/her stem cells to cure Molly. Addresses the ethical issues of genetic manipulation and fertility treatment. Includes teaching notes and classroom management…
Descriptors: Biology, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Classroom Techniques, Embryology
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; Seal, October; Sokolove, Phillip – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Describes an active learning approach used in an introductory biology class and evaluates the project with student surveys. Presents students' answers to survey questions. (Contains 16 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Technology
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Boersma, Stuart; Hluchy, Michele; Godshalk, Gordon; Crane, Johanna; DeGraff, David; Blauth, James – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
"How the World Works" is an interdisciplinary science and mathematics course in which students design and perform their own experiments, analyze the data, and present their results orally and in writing. Evaluations indicate that most students learn how to do science and gain a better appreciation for science as a process. (SAH)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Data Analysis, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Mangurian, Luz; Feldman, Susannah; Clements, James; Boucher, Laurence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Introduces the Towson Transition Course (TTC) which focuses on preparing students to be scientifically literate and describes the components of the course. Focuses on problem solving, gathering traditional and electronic information, using the case study teaching method, ethical scientific behavior, and evaluation. (Contains 33 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Computers, Critical Thinking
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Simon, Eric J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Describes a collaborative project in which students and teachers work together to build a course web site for use as a classroom supplement. Students participate by progressively adding or enhancing the subject content on the site. (SAH)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Internet, Resource Materials, Science Education
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Roach, Linda E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Assess students' understanding of density with short-answer pop quizzes. The result was that the more opportunities students had to test, explore, and discuss the concept of density, the greater understanding they demonstrated of the subject. (SAH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Density (Matter), Higher Education, Nonmajors
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Stencel, John E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Outlines two notetaking techniques that assist students' learning, focusing, and scenario sequencing. Students apply these techniques in interactive notebooks that contain an organized and complete set of notes covering the course material prepared by the instructor. These methods focus the students' attention on the lecture material and involve…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Higher Education, Notetaking, Science Education
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McIntosh, Gordon – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Describes the importance of research activities for undergraduates at colleges and universities. Benefits to the student of direct or indirect research include increased knowledge, understanding, enthusiasm, interest, and curiosity about the material. (SAH)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Intellectual Development, Physics, Research Methodology
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Towns, Marcy Hamby; Marden, Kristi; Sauder, Deborah; Stout, Roland; Long, George; Waxman, Michael; Kahlow, Michael; Zielinski, Theresa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Describes an online adaptation of a peer review and discussion project in which students collaborate across institutional boundaries to imitate a professional discourse community. Discusses key elements of the project, including the impetus behind creating such a module, its organization, and activities carried out by the students. (SAH)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Internet, Peer Evaluation
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