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Lo, Stanley M.; Gardner, Grant E.; Reid, Joshua; Napoleon-Fanis, Velta; Carroll, Penny; Smith, Emily; Sato, Brian K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Biology education research (BER) is a growing field, as evidenced by the increasing number of publications in "CBE--Life Sciences Education" ("LSE") and expanding participation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meetings. To facilitate an introspective and reflective discussion on…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Educational Research, Undergraduate Study
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Simon, Sharotka M.; Meldrum, Helen; Ndung'u, Eric; Ledley, Fred D. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
The majority of students who enroll in undergraduate biology courses will eventually be employed in non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) business occupations. This work explores how representations of industry in undergraduate biology textbooks could impact STEM learning for these students and their ability to apply this…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Introductory Courses, Biology, Undergraduate Students
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Ziadie, M. A.; Andrews, T. C. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
Evolution is a unifying theory in biology and is challenging for undergraduates to learn. An instructor's ability to help students learn is influenced by pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), which is topic-specific knowledge of teaching and learning. Instructors need PCK for every topic they teach, which is a tremendous body of knowledge to…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Biology
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Ashley, Michael; Cooper, Katelyn M.; Cala, Jacqueline M.; Brownell, Sara E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Summer bridge programs are designed to help transition students into the college learning environment. Increasingly, bridge programs are being developed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines because of the rigorous content and lower student persistence in college STEM compared with other disciplines. However, to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Summer Programs, Disproportionate Representation, Curriculum Development
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Tibbetts, Yoi; Harackiewicz, Judith M.; Priniski, Stacy J.; Canning, Elizabeth A. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have recently documented the positive effects of social-psychological interventions on the performance and retention of underrepresented students in the life sciences. We review two types of social-psychological interventions that address either students' well-being in college science courses or students'…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Access to Education, Outreach Programs, Randomized Controlled Trials
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Brame, Cynthia J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Educational videos have become an important part of higher education, providing an important content-delivery tool in many flipped, blended, and online classes. Effective use of video as an educational tool is enhanced when instructors consider three elements: how to manage cognitive load of the video; how to maximize student engagement with the…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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Mulnix, Amy B. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Discipline-based education research (DBER) publications are opportunities for professional development around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education reform. Learning theory tells us these publications could be more impactful if authors, reviewers, and editors pay greater attention to linking principles and practice.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Publications, Educational Research, Faculty Development
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Couch, Brian A.; Brown, Tanya L.; Schelpat, Tyler J.; Graham, Mark J.; Knight, Jennifer K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2015
Over the past several decades, numerous reports have been published advocating for changes to undergraduate science education. These national calls inspired the formation of the National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Biology (SI), a group of regional workshops to help faculty members learn and implement interactive…
Descriptors: Science Education, Undergraduate Study, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills
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Magana, Alejandra J.; Taleyarkhan, Manaz; Alvarado, Daniela Rivera; Kane, Michael; Springer, John; Clase, Kari – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
Bioinformatics education can be broadly defined as the teaching and learning of the use of computer and information technology, along with mathematical and statistical analysis for gathering, storing, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating data to solve biological problems. The recent surge of genomics, proteomics, and structural biology in the…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Literature Reviews, Science Education
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Schinske, Jeffrey; Tanner, Kimberly – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
This article explores a brief history of grading in higher education in the United States. Authors, Schinske and Tanner then follow up with considerations of the potential purposes of grading and insights from research literature that has explored the influence of grading on teaching and learning. Schinske and Tanner then ask: Does grading provide…
Descriptors: Grading, Higher Education, Educational History, Feedback (Response)
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Beck, Christopher; Butler, Amy; Burke da Silva, Karen – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
Over the past decade, repeated calls have been made to incorporate more active teaching and learning in undergraduate biology courses. The emphasis on inquiry-based teaching is especially important in laboratory courses, as these are the courses in which students are applying the process of science. To determine the current state of research on…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Active Learning
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Campbell, Chad E.; Nehm, Ross H. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
The growing importance of genomics and bioinformatics methods and paradigms in biology has been accompanied by an explosion of new curricula and pedagogies. An important question to ask about these educational innovations is whether they are having a meaningful impact on students' knowledge, attitudes, or skills. Although assessments are…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Genetics, Biology, Information Science
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Gehring, Kathleen M.; Eastman, Deborah A. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2008
Many initiatives for the improvement of undergraduate science education call for inquiry-based learning that emphasizes investigative projects and reading of the primary literature. These approaches give students an understanding of science as a process and help them integrate content presented in courses. At the same time, general initiatives to…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Assignments, Inquiry, Program Effectiveness