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Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff – Teaching Science, 2016
In many scientific contexts, students need to be able to use mathematical knowledge in order to engage in scientific reasoning and problem-solving, and their understanding of scientific concepts relies heavily on their ability to understand and use mathematics in often new or unfamiliar contexts. Not only do science students need high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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Raff, Lionel M.; Cannon, William R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
For 26 years, it has been assumed by some that the thermodynamics of open-system biochemical reactions must be executed by performing Legendre transformations on the terms involving the species whose concentrations are being held fixed. In contrast, standard nontransformed thermodynamics applies to chemical processes. However, it has recently been…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, College Science, Scientific Concepts
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Thomas, Ashleigh L. P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
This paper presents gradual implementation of active learning approaches in an organic chemistry classroom based on student feedback and strategies for getting students on-board with this new approach. Active learning techniques discussed include videos, online quizzes, reading assignments, and classroom activities. Preliminary findings indicate a…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, College Science
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Baumgartner, Erin; Biga, Lindsay; Bledsoe, Karen; Dawson, James; Grammer, Julie; Howard, Ava; Snyder, Jeffrey – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Quantitative literacy is essential to biological literacy (and is one of the core concepts in "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action"; AAAS 2009). Building quantitative literacy is a challenging endeavor for biology instructors. Integrating mathematical skills into biological investigations can help build…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Biology, College Science, Science Instruction
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Keller, Charles; Hendrix, Tonya; Xu, Na; Porter-Morgan, Holly; Brashears, Allie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A variety of factors contribute to attrition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the community college level including underpreparedness, lack of confidence, and broader socioeconomic issues. This work describes our efforts to improve student learning and overall success in a community college General Biology I…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Laboratory Equipment, Intervention
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Rittenhouse, Robert C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The "atoms first" philosophy, adopted by a growing number of General Chemistry textbook authors, places greater emphasis on atomic structure as a key to a deeper understanding of the field of chemistry. A pivotal concept needed to understand the behavior of atoms is the restriction of an atom's energy to specific allowed values. However,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, College Science
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Lira, J. A. – Physics Education, 2018
From the time of Pythagoras of Samos (sixth century BC), the Greek philosopher-scientists taught that the Earth was a sphere and the harmonies of the universe were governed by mathematical relations. With the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, cultural darkness descended on Europe and all intellectual pursuits languished under the rule…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Principles, Geography, Earth Science
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Bendall, Sophie; Birdsall-Wilson, Max; Jenkins, Rhodri; Chew, Y. M. John; Chuck, Christopher J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Chemical engineering is rarely encountered before higher-level education in the U.S. or in Europe, leaving prospective students unaware of what an applied chemistry or chemical engineering degree entails. In this lab experiment, we report the implementation of a three-day course to showcase chemical engineering principles for 16-17 year olds…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemical Engineering, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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Forbes, Cory T.; Brozovic, Nicholas; Franz, Trenton E.; Lally, Diane E.; Petitt, Destini N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The most challenging global problems of our age involve coupled human--environmental systems within the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The undergraduate students currently in our classrooms will be tomorrow's global citizens, each of whom must be prepared to understand and reason about these challenges and ultimately make decisions about them in a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Water, Literacy, Decision Making
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Flohic, Hélène M. L. G. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
A common challenge among university professors is how to best design undergraduate courses to successfully enhance students' attitudes. To compare which curriculum was more efficient at fostering a positive attitude towards science in general, I studied the impact of two different general education science courses on the attitudes of college…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Astronomy, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Langbeheim, Elon; Rez, Peter – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
This paper describes the basic tenets of a sustainable energy course for university science majors. First, it outlines the three core components of the course: (1) The scientific evidence for the connection between climate change and energy usage; (2) An analysis of the capacity and environmental impact of various renewable and traditional energy…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, College Science, Guidelines
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Sharp, Janet; Lutz, Tracie; LaLonde, Donna E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015
Cultures need to accurately record dates and times for various societal purposes, ranging from knowing when to plant crops to planning travel. In ancient times, the sun and moon were used as measurement devices because of the scientific understanding of the physical world at that time. Ancient timekeepers monitored celestial events and either used…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Astronomy, Grade 6, Summer Programs
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Miller, Bridget; Martin, Christie – Science and Children, 2016
The idea of notebooking is not new in the science classroom. Since the mid-1970s, writing has been found to facilitate students' critical thinking and learning across a variety of content areas. For science educators, notebooks have become an essential tool for supporting students' scientific inquiry in and across concepts. Scientific notebooks…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Interactive Video, Handheld Devices
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Celestino, Teresa; Marchetti, Fabio – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Educating future scientists and citizens is more effective if students are guided to correctly apply what they learned in school to their daily lives. This experience-based work is focused on the study of a well-known commercial product: cat litter. This material offers different starting points for a critical examination. Questions related to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Chemistry, High School Students, Science Instruction
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Meek, Simon J.; Pitman, Catherine L.; Miller, Alexander J. M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
An introductory guide to deducing the mechanism of chemical reactions is presented. Following a typical workflow for probing reaction mechanism, the guide introduces a wide range of kinetic and mechanistic tools. In addition to serving as a broad introduction to mechanistic analysis for students and researchers, the guide has also been used by…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts
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