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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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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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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