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Ballen, Cissy J.; Wieman, Carl; Salehi, Shima; Searle, Jeremy B.; Zamudio, Kelly R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Efforts to retain underrepresented minority (URM) students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have shown only limited success in higher education, due in part to a persistent achievement gap between students from historically underrepresented and well-represented backgrounds. To test the hypothesis that active learning…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation, STEM Education
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Pelletreau, Karen N.; Knight, Jennifer K.; Lemons, Paula P.; McCourt, Jill S.; Merrill, John E.; Nehm, Ross H.; Prevost, Luanna B.; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Smith, Michelle K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
Helping faculty develop high-quality instruction that positively affects student learning can be complicated by time limitations, a lack of resources, and inexperience using student data to make iterative improvements. We describe a community of 16 faculty from five institutions who overcame these challenges and collaboratively designed, taught,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Models, Academic Achievement, Active Learning
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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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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
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Lynd-Balta, Eileen – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2006
Science education reform initiatives emphasize (1) the value of concepts over facts; (2) the benefits of open-ended, inquiry-based problem-solving rather than protocols leading to a single correct answer; and (3) the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to teaching that is not confined by departmental boundaries. Neuroscientists should be at…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Science and Society, Pharmacology, Moral Issues