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Deane-Coe, Kirsten K.; Sarvary, Mark A.; Owens, Thomas G. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
In an undergraduate introductory biology laboratory course, we used a summative assessment to directly test the learning objective that students will be able to apply course material to increasingly novel and complex situations. Using a factorial framework, we developed multiple true-false questions to fall along axes of novelty and complexity,…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Undergraduate Students, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension)
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Kenyon, Kristy L.; Onorato, Morgan E.; Gottesman, Alan J.; Hoque, Jamila; Hoskins, Sally G. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
CREATE (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) is an innovative pedagogy for teaching science through the intensive analysis of scientific literature. Initiated at the City College of New York, a minority-serving institution, and regionally expanded in the New York/New…
Descriptors: Testing, Achievement Gains, Teacher Attitudes, Community Colleges
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Lewis, Vivian; Martina, Camille A.; McDermott, Michael P.; Chaudron, Linda; Trief, Paula M.; LaGuardia, Jennifer G.; Sharp, Daryl; Goodman, Steven R.; Morse, Gene D.; Ryan, Richard M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Mentors rarely receive education about the unique needs of underrepresented scholars in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. We hypothesized that mentor-training and peer-mentoring interventions for these scholars would enrich the perceived quality and breadth of discussions between mentor-protégé dyads (i.e., mentor-protégé pairs). Our…
Descriptors: Mentors, Biomedicine, Behavioral Sciences, Intervention
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Tan-Wilson, Anna; Stamp, Nancy – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2015
In career discussions, female undergraduates said that if they were to attend graduate school in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and were to follow a career based on their research training, they would have to give up having a family. A subsequent survey showed that many students, both men and women, thought work-life…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Careers, Family Work Relationship, Researchers
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Snyder, Julia J.; Carter, B. Elijah; Wiles, Jason R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2015
In entry-level university courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, students participating in associated laboratory sessions generally do better than those who have no related lab classes. This is a problem when, for various reasons, not enough lab sections can be offered for students and/or when students opt out of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Cooperative Learning, Science Laboratories
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Stevens, Leslie M.; Hoskins, Sally G. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
The CREATE (Consider Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) strategy aims to demystify scientific research and scientists while building critical thinking, reading/analytical skills, and improved science attitudes through intensive analysis of primary literature. CREATE was developed and…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Scientific Research, College Faculty, Teacher Workshops
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Gottesman, Alan J.; Hoskins, Sally G. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
The Consider, Read, Elucidate hypotheses, Analyze and interpret data, Think of the next Experiment (CREATE) strategy for teaching and learning uses intensive analysis of primary literature to improve students' critical-thinking and content integration abilities, as well as their self-rated science attitudes, understanding, and confidence. CREATE…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Research Design, Critical Thinking, College Freshmen
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Loike, John D.; Rush, Brittany S.; Schweber, Adam; Fischbach, Ruth L. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
Columbia University offers two innovative undergraduate science-based bioethics courses for student majoring in biosciences and pre-health studies. The goals of these courses are to introduce future scientists and healthcare professionals to the ethical questions they will confront in their professional lives, thus enabling them to strategically…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Ethical Instruction, Science Instruction
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Lents, Nathan H.; Cifuentes, Oscar E.; Carpi, Anthony – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2010
Three approaches to molecular phylogenetics are demonstrated to biology students as they explore molecular data from "Homo sapiens" and four related primates. By analyzing DNA sequences, protein sequences, and chromosomal maps, students are repeatedly challenged to develop hypotheses regarding the ancestry of the five species. Although…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Science Activities
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Belanger, Kenneth D. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2009
Inquiry-driven lab exercises require students to think carefully about a question, carry out an investigation of that question, and critically analyze the results of their investigation. Here, we describe the implementation and assessment of an inquiry-based laboratory exercise in which students obtain and analyze novel data that contribute to our…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Investigations, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis