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Scott, Amy N.; McNair, Delores E.; Lucas, Jonathan C.; Land, Kirkwood M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Introductory science, math, and engineering courses often have problems related to student engagement, achievement, and course completion. To begin examining these issues in greater depth, this pilot study compared student engagement, achievement, and course completion in a small and large section of an introductory biology class. Results based on…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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Borda, Emily J.; Boudreaux, Andrew; Fackler-Adams, Ben; Frazey, Paul; Julin, Sara; Pennington, Gregory; Ogle, Jared – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Passive, lecture-based forms of instruction are often ineffective in helping students develop deep conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Student-centered forms of instruction based in a constructivist framework, where students are guided toward actively constructing their understanding, have been met with greater success. However,…
Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scores
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Prud'homme-Genereux, Annie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This month's issue describes incorporating a journal article into the classroom by first converting it into a case study.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Innovation, Journal Articles, Curriculum Enrichment
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Sterling, Eleanor; Bravo, Adriana; Porzecanski, Ana Luz; Burks, Romi L.; Linder, Joshua; Langen, Tom; Fernandez, Denny; Ruby, Douglas; Bynum, Nora – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
In this study, conservation biology faculty and practitioners from across the United States designed classroom exercises and teaching interventions intended to bolster oral communication skills. Through repeated oral presentation assignments integrated into course requirements, the authors examined individual student learning gains via…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Oral Communication Method, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Kusch, Jennifer – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The study described in this article incorporates qualitative research through in-depth, individual, structured interviews with 12 biology faculty from two Midwestern universities to explore perceptions about how they have learned to teach and how they work to improve their skills.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Learning Experience, Higher Education
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Paldy, Lester G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article discusses the challenges of keeping international students involved in class activities.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods
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Duncan, Leslie Lyons; Burkhardt, Bethany L.; Benneyworth, Laura M.; Tasich, Christopher M.; Duncan, Benjamin R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article provides readers with details concerning the implementation of four active learning techniques used to help undergraduate students critically discuss primary literature. On the basis of undergraduate and graduate student perceptions and experiences, the authors suggest techniques to enhance the quality of dual-listed courses and…
Descriptors: College Programs, College Credits, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students
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Gohardani, Omid; Gohardani, Amir S.; Dokter, Erin; Macario, Kyla – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Teaching in the 21st century requires a modern teaching practice coherent with the evolutions of the Information Age. Interestingly, teaching practices have stretched beyond an art form and into the realm of science. Following these scientific trails, one can argue that one of the greatest challenges educators currently face is to maintain student…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Aerospace Education
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Zhao, Ningfeng; Witzig, Stephen B.; Weaver, Jan C.; Adams, John E.; Schmidt, Frank – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Two Summer Institutes funded by the National Science Foundation were held for current and future college science faculty. The overall goal was to promote learning and practice of inquiry-based college science teaching. We developed a collaborative and active learning format for participants that involved all phases of the 5E learning cycle of…
Descriptors: Science Education, College Science, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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Shultz, Jeffry Lyle – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Introducing students to the newest research in a field is a challenging task for an instructor. Commercially available course material is at least two to three years old, is not citable, and is not a realistic training aid for students planning to enter a scientific field. In addition, engaging students in discussions about current research topics…
Descriptors: Genetics, Higher Education, Research, Pretests Posttests
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Smith, Michelle; Thomas, Katie; Dunham, Maitreya – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Pre/post concept assessment testing is becoming increasingly common in college courses. Instructors use different approaches to give assessments, but few studies have examined how administration differences affect results. Here, we ask if administering a posttest on the final exam differs from administering it on the last day of class with extra…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Teaching Styles, Validity
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Parker, Joel D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Most timeline analogies of geologic and evolutionary time are fundamentally flawed. They trade off the problem of grasping very long times for the problem of grasping very short distances. The result is an understanding of relative time with little comprehension of absolute time. Earlier work has shown that the distances most easily understood by…
Descriptors: Geology, Geographic Location, Computer Software, Universities
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Kregenow, Julia Miller; Rogers, Michael; Price, Matthew F. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
We studied student seating habits in both a traditional lecture hall with the instructor in the front and in a SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs) studio-style classroom with the instructor in the middle. Like several previous authors, we find that students with higher course grades tend to sit in the…
Descriptors: College Students, Grades (Scholastic), Measures (Individuals), Lecture Method
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Chasteen, Stephanie V.; Perkins, Katherine K.; Beale, Paul D.; Pollock, Steven J.; Wieman, Carl E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Faculty often wish to devote time and resources to improve a course to be more in line with principles of how people learn but are not sure of the best path to follow. We present our tested approach to research-based course transformation, including development of learning goals, instructional materials based on student difficulties, and…
Descriptors: Physics, Instructional Materials, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Lee, W. Theodore; Jabot, Michael E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
We revised a sophomore-level genetics class to more actively engage the students in their learning. The students worked in groups on quizzes using the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) and active-learning projects. The IF-AT quizzes allowed students to discuss key concepts in small groups and learn the correct answers in class. The…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Tests, Active Learning, Genetics
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