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Mariah C. Maxwell; Takunda Maisva; Jason R. Wiles – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2023
Introduction to Primary Literature (IPL) courses can be early-career precursors to undergraduate research experiences, whereby students can become familiar with potential mentors and their research toward better alignment with student/faculty interests and goals. IPL courses have been shown to increase student science self-efficacy and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Attitudes, Primary Sources, Self Concept
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Eva N. Nyutu; Víctor Carmona-Galindo; Maris C. Polanco – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2023
In this paper, we describe the transition of all five course-sections of General Biology Laboratory I from "cookbook" surveys of taxonomic domains and kingdoms to course-based undergraduate research experiences that champion inquiry-based learning in "real world" environments. We achieved this by scaling-up lessons from a…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Teaching Methods
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Kelly M. Schmid; Sarah E. Hall; Jason R. Wiles – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2023
Approaches toward engaging undergraduates in scientific research have included research experiences based in faculty laboratories (FLREs), course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), and courses rooted in primary research literature that may be precursors to research experiences. We examined outcomes for undergraduate biology students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Research Training, Self Efficacy
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Kristy L. Daniel; Ryan Ament; Myra McConnell; Bria Marty; Jenn L. Idema – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2023
Traditional academic communication practices tend to be jargon-heavy jargon and lack public relatability. Thus, it is paramount that scientists learn to develop effective communication skills. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is one avenue to refine and build science communications skills. Using one static slide as a visual supplement,…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Communication Skills, College Students, Scientists
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Daoud, Abdel; Nordheim, Erik V.; McGee, Seth A.; Harris, Michelle A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
The California Blackworm ("Lumbriculus variegatus") is a freshwater segmented worm species that has been used by biology instructors as a model system for inquiry-based student investigations. The blackworm dorsal blood vessel pulsation rate is easily quantified. Moreover, this species can facilitate the study of neuromuscular…
Descriptors: Animal Husbandry, Biology, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Maxwell, Mariah C.; Wiles, Jason R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) is an active learning model that is particularly effective for improving the academic achievement and retention of students who have been marginalized in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), such as women, and members of underrepresented minority groups. Cyber Peer Led Team Learning (cPLTL) is a…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Cooperative Learning, Disproportionate Representation, STEM Education
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Goddard, Kathryn; Cameron, Dale; Favero, Carlita; King, Jennifer; Price, Simara – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
"January Undergraduate Move Ahead Program" (JUMP) uses winter break as an opportunity to prepare small groups of scholarship students with high financial need for the second semester of their first-year biology curriculum and a career in life science. A winter intersession program has challenges, but more importantly, benefits that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Vacation Programs
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Gaiser, J. Christopher; Roberts, Michael F. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
We describe a novel, university-level, introductory biology course that uses evolution as a narrative framework. Our course conveys the content in an introductory biology course by telling the story of the evolution of life on Earth. We begin with early Earth environments in which biological molecules and processes evolved and led to the first…
Descriptors: Biology, Evolution, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Joshua W. Reid; Michael L. Rutledge – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
We developed and field-tested an active learning exercise designed to provide biology students with the opportunity to consider key aspects of the nature of science as a method of inquiry, particularly the roles of observation and inference in the development of scientific explanations and how scientists deal with uncertainty. In the activity…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Amanda N. Crowe; Mattias L. Johansson; Jennifer L. Mook; Grace K. Roa; Catharine C. Whiting – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
While a growing body of research supports active, student-centered approaches to teaching, the implementation of such methodologies in the undergraduate STEM classroom has not been widespread. In an effort to increase student success in an introductory course for biology majors, we developed Biology Boot Camp, a peer-led program based on active,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, School Holding Power, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Shawn K. Stover; Michelle L. Mabry – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
Here, we present a ten-year assessment of core concept retention, with an emphasis on evolution, by senior biology majors at a small, private liberal arts college. For concepts that are regularly revisited throughout the biology curriculum, we found that knowledge retention was robust. However, for concepts that are encountered only during the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Retention (Psychology), Biology, Majors (Students)
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Adriana J. Lagier – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2022
In courses with a heterogeneous student population, instructors are often challenged to balance successful course completion with rigor. This difficult task can be confounded in foundational, gateway courses, such as introductory biology, which serves a mix of freshman majors at various levels of preparedness. Research suggests that changes in…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Science Instruction, Science Tests
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Hartert, Keenan T. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic forced higher education to develop new strategies to meet the needs of students. One of the most critical issues was delivering an online experience in undergraduate Biology laboratories aimed at meeting hands-on outcomes, specifically within the health sciences. Hybrid lab group models in which students rotated between…
Descriptors: Scores, Academic Failure, Physiology, Online Courses
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Lemelin, Cosette; Gross, Cole D.; Bertholet, Renette; Gares, Sheryl; Hall, Mark; Henein, Hani; Kozlova, Valentina; Spila, Michelle; Villatoro, Valentin; Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2021
Shorter lectures punctuated with activities to engage students in the learning process can increase student understanding, critical thinking, and overall learning. However, some students have negative responses to active teaching strategies. Here we explore the topic of student resistance to active learning, including reasons for this opposition…
Descriptors: Resistance to Change, Active Learning, Resilience (Psychology), College Faculty
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Nannas, Natalie J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2021
CRISPR-Cas9 is revolutionizing how we conduct scientific research, treat disease, and develop new crops. The widespread impact of this genome-editing technology makes it critical for undergraduate students to understand and engage with this new tool. In this article, we describe a multi-week lab module that teaches undergraduates how to design…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research
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