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ERIC Number: EJ1191288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
A Foundation for STEM Success: A Simple and Successful Microscope Intervention in a General Biology Course at an Urban Community College
Keller, Charles; Hendrix, Tonya; Xu, Na; Porter-Morgan, Holly; Brashears, Allie
Journal of College Science Teaching, v48 n1 p15-23 Sep 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 lab course through the implementation of microscope clinics specifically designed to improve student microscope skills. We measured the effectiveness of our clinics using pre- and postclinic surveys as well as student performance on a microscope practicum. The majority of targeted students responded positively to the clinics and subsequently performed well on a hands-on microscope practicum. We feel that efforts such as ours can help students master a specific task of relevance to their further studies while simultaneously increasing confidence in their overall STEM "identity," leading to improved performance across their educational landscape.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A