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Vater, Ashley; Dahlhausen, Katherine; Coil, David A.; Anderton, Brittany N.; Wirawan, Christain S.; Caporale, Natalia; Furlow, J. David – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Hands-on research provides insight into the process of science and has been linked to increased retention of students in STEM disciplines. While large research universities can provide valuable undergraduate research experiences in laboratories, most cannot accommodate all of the students seeking research apprenticeships. Course-based…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Student Research, College Freshmen, Teacher Student Relationship
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Ghosh, Subir – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Pre-nursing students of an introductory Microbiology laboratory class, having learnt typical microbiological techniques during the semester, gained the confidence of conducting an inquiry-based project as part of their lab course work. Students cooperatively performed a microbiological analysis, to evaluate safety of sushi. This paper presents…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Microbiology, Laboratory Experiments, Science Instruction
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Mangis, J. W.; Mansur, T. B.; Kern, K. M.; Schroeder, J. R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Undergraduate research is a valuable tool to demonstrate both the dedication and time required to be a successful biologist. One area of research that has intrigued students over the last several years is cytotoxicity. However, at smaller undergraduate institutions, the time, training, and funding available for these research studies may be…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Scientific Research, Cytology
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Flanagan, K. M.; Addy, H. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Evidence of the effectiveness of active learning has resulted in a shift in post-secondary classrooms towards student-centred teaching, often relying heavily on peer-to-peer interactions. While the overall benefit of these teaching methods is established, it remains unclear whether all sub-populations of students benefit similarly. Given the…
Descriptors: Extraversion Introversion, Active Learning, Group Activities, Disadvantaged
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Keus, Kelly; Grunwald, Jamie; Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Midterm exams are a multi-use tool, providing evaluation of students for professors but also acting as a learning tool for students. Midterms may improve learning outcomes by contributing to the testing effect: the phenomenon in which retrieval of learned material (i.e., testing) produces improvements in long-term retention beyond those produced…
Descriptors: Tests, Outcomes of Education, Student Evaluation, Scores
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Leone, E. Austin; Salisbury, Sara L.; Nolen, Zachery L.; Idema, Jenn L.; Parsley, Kathryn M.; Stefanik, Katherine L.; Daniel, Kristy L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Because students and professors place different values on syllabi components, perceptions of course objectives vary. Previous studies investigated the relationship between students' and instructors' expectations and syllabi content, but do not address the role of explicitly stated course objectives in syllabi. Our study used qualitative methods to…
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Course Descriptions, College Faculty, Student Attitudes
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Javonillo, Robert; Martin-Dunlop, Catherine – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Concept maps can be used in undergraduate biology as ways to visually communicate the relationships among things and events. One strength of concept mapping is that there is not just a single, correct way to compose one, given a list of particular concepts. Nevertheless there seem to be associations among ideas that are expressed frequently while…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, College Science, Concept Mapping
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de Ondarza, José – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Pigments are light-absorbing substances that are abundant in nature, serving roles in coloration, camouflage, mate/pollinator attraction and photosynthesis among higher life forms. Among microbial organisms, pigments can also be found in a wide range of phyla. While some of these pigments function in photosynthesis, namely among algae and some…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Microbiology, Botany
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Hernandez-Matias, Liz; Llerandi-Román, Pablo A.; Pérez-Donato, Lizmar; Calzada-Jorge, Natalia; Mendoza, Stephanie; Laureano-Torre, Faviola; Washington, A. Valance; Borrero, Michelle – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Multiple worldwide efforts, including research experiences and internships for students, have been developed to increase diversity in STEM. In order to understand the outcomes of these research experiences, instruments have become available, but surprisingly, Spanish instruments for these purposes are scarce. The evaluation of diverse scientific…
Descriptors: Spanish, Translation, Self Concept, Factor Analysis
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Stover, Shawn K. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
This article describes an activity designed to hone students' lay communication skills. After carefully analyzing journal articles that highlight specific aspects of vertebrate physiology, students generate "press releases" to summarize experimental results and suggest potential applications of the research. By producing succinct,…
Descriptors: Physiology, Animals, Communication Skills, Skill Development
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Laidlaw, Clinton; Jensen, Jamie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
There exists a disconnect between instruction about biological evolution and acceptance of evolution by students. This disconnect prevents students from applying the theory to their lives or to their understanding of the field of biology. We examine the literature for common barriers to the acceptance of evolution, correlates with acceptance of…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Evolution, Student Attitudes
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Guercio, Angelica M.; Mao, Yixiang; Carvalho, Victor N. D.; Zhang, Jiazhen; Li, Changyuan; Ren, Zheng; Zhao, Winnie; Wang, Yao; Brenner, Eric D. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2019
Despite the fundamental importance of plants to our very survival, student interest in plant biology is in decline as technology draws us further away from nature. Here we introduce "Plant Tracer" (http://www.planttracer.com), a Matlab-based program, which can quantify time-lapse videos of plant movement. We demonstrate that Plant Tracer…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Motion, Photography, Video Technology
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
As a foundational evolutionary concept, the Hardy-Weinberg principle should be taught enthusiastically in introductory biology courses. In a companion Perspectives paper, I made the case that students are often given limited or incorrect information on the HW principle due to a lack of mastery or confidence on the part of their teachers. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Evolution, Vignettes, Introductory Courses
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
The Hardy-Weinberg principle (HWP) is a fundamental model upon which much of the discipline of population genetics is based. Despite its significance, students often leave introductory biology courses with only a shallow understanding of the use and implications of the HWP. I contend that this deficiency in student comprehension is too-often a…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Teaching Methods, Genetics
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Eslinger, Melissa; Kent, Elizabeth – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Emphasizing scientific literacy in the core science curriculum promotes informed students within a liberal arts education. In our Introduction to Biology course, which enrolls predominantly humanities majors in their final science course of their academic careers, we designed a project to advance these analytical processes through the deliberate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Science Curriculum, Introductory Courses
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