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Angra, Aakanksha; Gardner, Stephanie M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
As undergraduate biology curricula increasingly aim to provide students with access to courses and experiences that engage them in the practices of science, tools are needed for instruction, evaluation, and research around student learning. One of the important skills for undergraduate biology students to master is the selection and creation of…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Graphs
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Cary, Tawnya; Branchaw, Janet – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
The "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Call to Action" report has inspired and supported a nationwide movement to restructure undergraduate biology curricula to address overarching disciplinary concepts and competencies. The report outlines the concepts and competencies generally but does not provide a detailed…
Descriptors: Biology, Fundamental Concepts, Undergraduate Students, Competency Based Education
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Sebesta, Amanda J.; Speth, Elena Bray – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
In college introductory science courses, students are challenged with mastering large amounts of disciplinary content while developing as autonomous and effective learners. Self-regulated learning (SRL) is the process of setting learning goals, monitoring progress toward them, and applying appropriate study strategies. SRL characterizes…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Learning Strategies, Science Achievement
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Barnes, M. Elizabeth; Truong, Jasmine M.; Brownell, Sara E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
A major research thrust in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is focused on how to retain students as STEM majors. The accumulation of seemingly insignificant negative experiences in STEM classes can, over time, lead STEM students to have a low sense of belonging in their disciplines, and this can lead to lower…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Potter, Lisa M.; Bissonnette, Sarah A.; Knight, Jonathan D.; Tanner, Kimberly D. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
The aspiration of biology education is to give students tools to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to everyday life. Genetic modification is a real-world biological concept that relies on an in-depth understanding of the molecular behavior of DNA and proteins. This study investigated undergraduate biology students' conceptions of…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Genetics
Novick, Laura R.; Catley, Kefyn M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
The ability to interpret and reason from Tree of Life (ToL) diagrams has become a vital component of science literacy in the 21st century. This article reports on the effectiveness of a research-based curriculum, including an instructional booklet, laboratory, and lectures, to teach the fundamentals of such tree thinking in an introductory biology…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, College Science, Biology
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Maton, Kenneth I.; Beason, Tiffany S.; Godsay, Surbhi; Domingo, Mariano R. Sto.; Bailey, TaShara C.; Sun, Shuyan; Hrabowski, Freeman A., III – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Previous research has shown that the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is an effective intervention for high-achieving underrepresented minority (URM) students; African-American Meyerhoff students are significantly more likely to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) PhD programs…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Doctoral Programs, Graduation Rate, Intervention
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; Rietschel, Carly; Thompson, Katerina V. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
We present a novel assessment tool for measuring biology students' values and experiences across their undergraduate degree program. Our Survey of Teaching Beliefs and Practices for Undergraduates (STEP-U) assesses the extent to which students value skills needed for the workplace (e.g., ability to work in groups) and their experiences with…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Student Surveys, Test Validity
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; Rietschel, Carly Hunt – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
In this study, we used a case study approach to obtain an in-depth understanding of the change process of two university instructors who were involved with redesigning a biology course. Given the hesitancy of many biology instructors to adopt evidence-based, learner-centered teaching methods, there is a critical need to understand how biology…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Science, Biology, Teaching Methods
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Kalinowski, Steven T.; Leonard, Mary J.; Taper, Mark L. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
We developed and validated the Conceptual Assessment of Natural Selection (CANS), a multiple-choice test designed to assess how well college students understand the central principles of natural selection. The expert panel that reviewed the CANS concluded its questions were relevant to natural selection and generally did a good job sampling the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Tests, Genetics, Evolution
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Smolka, Adam J.; Halushka, Perry V.; Garrett-Mayer, Elizabeth – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2015
Academic medical centers nationwide face numerous fiscal challenges resulting from implementation of restructured healthcare delivery models, contracting state support for higher education, and increased competition for federal and other sources of biomedical research funding. In pursuing greater accountability and transparency in its fiscal…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Teacher Salaries, Operating Expenses, Financial Support
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Stone, Elisa M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
New approaches for teaching and assessing scientific inquiry and practices are essential for guiding students to make the informed decisions required of an increasingly complex and global society. The Science Skills approach described here guides students to develop an understanding of the experimental skills required to perform a scientific…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Hobin, Jennifer A.; Clifford, Philip S.; Dunn, Ben M.; Rich, Susan; Justement, Louis B. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
Individual development plans (IDPs) have been promoted nationally as a tool to help research trainees explore career opportunities and set career goals. Despite the interest in IDPs from a policy perspective, there is little information about how they have been used. The authors examined IDP awareness and use, the benefits of creating an IDP, and…
Descriptors: Career Planning, Career Development, Scientists, Graduate Students
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Wieman, Carl; Gilbert, Sarah – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
We have created an inventory to characterize the teaching practices used in science and mathematics courses. This inventory can aid instructors and departments in reflecting on their teaching. It has been tested with several hundred university instructors and courses from mathematics and four science disciplines. Most instructors complete the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Instruction, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Shaffer, Christopher D.; Alvarez, Consuelo J.; Bednarski, April E.; Dunbar, David; Goodman, Anya L.; Reinke, Catherine; Rosenwald, Anne G.; Wolyniak, Michael J.; Bailey, Cheryl; Barnard, Daron; Bazinet, Christopher; Beach, Dale L.; Bedard, James E. J.; Bhalla, Satish; Braverman, John; Burg, Martin; Chandrasekaran, Vidya; Chung, Hui-Min; Clase, Kari; DeJong, Randall J.; DiAngelo, Justin R.; Du, Chunguang; Eckdahl, Todd T.; Eisler, Heather; Emerson, Julia A.; Frary, Amy; Frohlich, Donald; Gosser, Yuying; Govind, Shubha; Haberman, Adam; Hark, Amy T.; Hauser, Charles; Hoogewerf, Arlene; Hoopes, Laura L. M.; Howell, Carina E.; Johnson, Diana; Jones, Christopher J.; Kadlec, Lisa; Kaehler, Marian; Key, S. Catherine Silver; Kleinschmit, Adam; Kokan, Nighat P.; Kopp, Olga; Kuleck, Gary; Leatherman, Judith; Lopilato, Jane; MacKinnon, Christy; Martinez-Cruzado, Juan Carlos; McNeil, Gerard; Mel, Stephanie; Mistry, Hemlata; Nagengast, Alexis; Overvoorde, Paul; Paetkau, Don W.; Parrish, Susan; Peterson, Celeste N.; Preuss, Mary; Reed, Laura K.; Revie, Dennis; Robic, Srebrenka; Roecklein-Canfield, Jennifer; Rubin, Michael R.; Saville, Kenneth; Schroeder, Stephanie; Sharif, Karim; Shaw, Mary; Skuse, Gary; Smith, Christopher D.; Smith, Mary A.; Smith, Sheryl T.; Spana, Eric; Spratt, Mary; Sreenivasan, Aparna; Stamm, Joyce; Szauter, Paul; Thompson, Jeffrey S.; Wawersik, Matthew; Youngblom, James; Zhou, Leming; Mardis, Elaine R.; Buhler, Jeremy; Leung, Wilson; Lopatto, David; Elgin, Sarah C. R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
There is widespread agreement that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs should provide undergraduates with research experience. Practical issues and limited resources, however, make this a challenge. We have developed a bioinformatics project that provides a course-based research experience for students at a diverse group of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Biology, College Science
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