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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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Casad, Bettina J.; Chang, Amy L.; Pribbenow, Christine M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is designed to support undergraduate students' professional development as future scientists. Juniors, seniors, and postbaccalaureates who attended ABRCMS during 2008-2011 were emailed a link to an online questionnaire in which they reported their experiences at the…
Descriptors: Biomedicine, Conferences (Gatherings), Minority Group Students, Educational Benefits
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Findley-Van Nostrand, Danielle; Pollenz, Richard S. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
The persistence of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is a national issue based on STEM workforce projections. We implemented a weeklong pre-college engagement STEM Academy (SA) program aimed at addressing several areas related to STEM retention. We validated an instrument that was…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness
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Gouvea, Julia – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Small-"N" studies have been relatively uncommon in biology education research and are likely less familiar to instructors and administrators than large-"N" studies. Nevertheless, many scholars in the social sciences have argued for the value of small-"N" studies in informing research and practice (e.g., Flyvbjerg…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science
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Frantz, Kyle J.; Demetrikopoulos, Melissa K.; Britner, Shari L.; Carruth, Laura L.; Williams, Brian A.; Pecore, John L.; DeHaan, Robert L.; Goode, Christopher T. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Undergraduate research experiences confer benefits on students bound for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, but the low number of research professionals available to serve as mentors often limits access to research. Within the context of our summer research program (BRAIN), we tested the hypothesis that a team-based…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Characteristics, Personality Traits, Career Development
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Byars-Winston, Angela; Rogers, Jenna; Branchaw, Janet; Pribbenow, Christine; Hanke, Ryan; Pfund, Christine – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
An important step in broadening participation of historically underrepresented (HU) racial/ethnic groups in the sciences is the creation of measures validated with these groups that will allow for greater confidence in the results of investigations into factors that predict their persistence. This study introduces new measures of theoretically…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Disproportionate Representation
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Hanauer, David I.; Graham, Mark J.; Hatfull, Graham F. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Curricular changes that promote undergraduate persistence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are likely associated with particular student psychological outcomes, and tools are needed that effectively assess these developments. Here, we describe the theoretical basis, psychometric properties, and predictive…
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Persistence, Psychometrics, Predictive Validity
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Batiza, Ann Finney; Gruhl, Mary; Zhang, Bo; Harrington, Tom; Roberts, Marisa; LaFlamme, Donna; Haasch, Mary Anne; Knopp, Jonathan; Vogt, Gina; Goodsell, David; Hagedorn, Eric; Marcey, David; Hoelzer, Mark; Nelson, Dave – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
Biological energy flow has been notoriously difficult to teach. Our approach to this topic relies on abiotic and biotic examples of the energy released by moving electrons in thermodynamically spontaneous reactions. A series of analogical model-building experiences was supported with common language and representations including manipulatives.…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Fuels, Biology, Teacher Characteristics
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Ainscough, Louise; Foulis, Eden; Colthorpe, Kay; Zimbardi, Kirsten; Robertson-Dean, Melanie; Chunduri, Prasad; Lluka, Lesley – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Academic self-efficacy encompasses judgments regarding one's ability to perform academic tasks and is correlated with achievement and persistence. This study describes changes in biology self-efficacy during a first-year course. Students (n = 614) were given the Biology Self-Efficacy Scale at the beginning and end of the semester. The instrument…
Descriptors: Biology, Self Efficacy, College Freshmen, Attitude Change
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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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Randler, Christoph; Demirhan, Eda; Wüst-Ackermann, Peter; Desch, Inga H. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
In science education, dissections of animals are an integral part of teaching, but they often evoke negative emotions. We aimed at reducing negative emotions (anxiety, negative affect [NA]) and increasing positive affect (PA) and self-efficacy by an experimental intervention using a predissection video to instruct students about fish dissection.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Laboratory Procedures, Video Technology, Anxiety
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Trujillo, Gloriana; Tanner, Kimberly D. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
Conceptual learning is a uniquely human behavior that engages all aspects of individuals: cognitive, metacognitive, and affective. The affective domain is key in learning. In this paper, that authors have explored three affective constructs that may be important for understanding biology student learning: self-efficacy--the set of beliefs that one…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Self Efficacy, Self Concept, Biology
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Clark, Sheri L.; Dyar, Christina; Maung, Nina; London, Bonita – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Despite growing diversity among life sciences professionals, members of historically underrepresented groups (e.g., women) continue to encounter barriers to academic and career advancement, such as subtle messages and stereotypes that signal low value for women, and fewer opportunities for quality mentoring relationships. These barriers reinforce…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Biological Sciences, Graduate Students, Learner Engagement
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Moss-Racusin, Corinne A.; van der Toorn, Jojanneke; Dovidio, John F.; Brescoll, Victoria L.; Graham, Mark J.; Handelsman, Jo – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Mounting experimental evidence suggests that subtle gender biases favoring men contribute to the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including many subfields of the life sciences. However, there are relatively few evaluations of diversity interventions designed to reduce gender biases within…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, STEM Education, Intervention, Workshops
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Isaac, Carol; Kaatz, Anna; Lee, Barbara; Carnes, Molly – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2012
Women are sparsely represented in leadership in academic science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Cultural stereotypes about men, women, and leaders influence the attitudes, judgments, and decisions that others make about women and the choices women make for themselves. Multilevel interventions are needed to counteract…
Descriptors: Women Faculty, Leadership, Self Efficacy, Self Esteem
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