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Wood, Philip Matchett; Bhute, Vijesh – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Online software systems are extensively used to give students practice on course content, especially in mathematics and physics courses. They offer instant feedback, and several of these systems are open source or very economical compared with hiring graders for traditional paper-and-pencil-based homework (PPH). In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Homework, Probability, Comparative Analysis
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Marshall, Jill A.; Banner, Jay L.; You, Hye Sun – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study investigated the interaction of disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in a team-taught, first-year, interdisciplinary sustainability course. We surveyed (pre/post) both STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and non-STEM majors (N = 241), assessing attitudes and content knowledge. Responses were analyzed using…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, College Freshmen, Team Teaching
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Kinner, David; Lord, Mark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Participation in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) allows students greater and equitable access to the high-impact practice, especially in the STEM disciplines. In a National Science Foundation-sponsored project, small groups of students completed authentic research projects in eight introductory to upper level geoscience…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, College Science
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Rutledge, Michael L.; Lampley, Sandra A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
In an effort to make our classes more engaging, we recently reorganized sections of our nonmajors biology course, using current issues in biology and society as a premise to promote coherence among course content and emphasize the relevance of biological concepts to everyday life. A key aspect of the reorganization included the development and…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Biology, Science Instruction
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Wiggen, Jennifer; McDonnell, David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
A series of short (5 to 7 minutes long) geoscience videos were created to support student learning in a flipped class setting for an introductory geology class at North Carolina State University. Videos were made using a stylus, tablet, microphone, and video editing software. Essentially, we narrate a slide, sketch a diagram, or explain a figure…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Video Technology, Homework, Teaching Methods
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Henter, Heather J.; Mel, Stephanie F. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
There is wide consensus among educators that participation in authentic research is valuable for undergraduate science students, and incorporating research into large-enrollment courses is one way to provide that opportunity to many students. There is substantial variation in the documented impacts, however, particularly between males and females.…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Science Education
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Bernot, Melody J.; Metzler, Jennifer – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Traditional lectures have come under increasing criticism as research indicates lectures may be less effective in achieving learning outcomes than other teaching methods. Student engagement and success can potentially be improved by changing traditional lectures to instructional methods using active learning techniques. Active learning refers to…
Descriptors: Biology, Nonmajors, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Hazari, Zahra; Sadler, Philip M.; Sonnert, Gerhard – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This study explores students' self-perceptions across science subjects (biology, chemistry, and physics) by gender and underrepresented minority group membership. The data are drawn from the Persistence Research in Science and Engineering (PRiSE) project, which surveyed 7,505 students (enrolled in college English courses required for all majors)…
Descriptors: Science Education, Self Concept, Gender Differences, Disproportionate Representation
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Likkel, Lauren – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
The online writing software Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is a useful tool for assigning writing assignments in large college classes. In this system, students submit essays online and are guided in how to rate essays using criteria written by the instructor. The instructor does not have to grade the essays, and CPR has educational benefits that…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Internet, College Science, Essays
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Brownell, Sara E.; Kloser, Matthew J.; Fukami, Tadishi; Shavelson, Rich – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Over the past decade, several reports have recommended a shift in undergraduate biology laboratory courses from traditionally structured, often described as "cookbook," to authentic research-based experiences. This study compares a cookbook-type laboratory course to a research-based undergraduate biology laboratory course at a Research 1…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Student Research
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Train, Tonya Laakko; Gammon, David E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Science Without Borders is a unique interdisciplinary science course that uses group and active-learning strategies and is in high demand among nonscience majors at a masters-level university. Registrar data showed that nonscience majors were far more likely to choose this course compared with other, discipline-based science courses. In an…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Learning Strategies, Educational Change, Science Curriculum
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Pacifici, Lara Brongo; Thomson, Norman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
The beneficial outcomes of undergraduate research (UR) in science have been continuously supported in scholarly research. The reported outcomes are often discussed in terms of institutional goals for education. The purpose of this manuscript is to examine the outcomes of UR in science in relation to the individual expectations of students…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Grade Point Average, Measures (Individuals)
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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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Van Wylen, David G. L.; Walczak, Mary M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
This study assessed the impact of science teaching laboratories designed with visual connections to spaces outside the laboratory, either to interior spaces or to the outdoors. Specifically, we assessed (1) student perceptions of interdisciplinarity, (2) the ability to stay focused, and (3) the environment for student learning. Student surveys…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Science Laboratories, Peer Teaching, Student Attitudes
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Poelzer, G. Herold; Zeng, Liang – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
This quasi-experimental pilot study of nonscience majors taking a physical science course at a university in South Texas was conducted on Hispanic undergraduate students, and is theory based--an application of attribution theory. That the treatment group outperformed the comparison group provides evidence of the positive effect of having students…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Attribution Theory, Undergraduate Students, Physical Sciences
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