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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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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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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