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Elbassiouny, Ahmed; DiSordi, Paolo; Guay, Sarah; Hamilton, Angela; King, Sarah; Brown, Jason; Molnar, Peter; Andrade, Maydianne C. B.; Riggs, C. Dan; Stehlik, Ivana; Ashok, Aarthi – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
The integration of ideas, defined as the process by which students organize and connect new knowledge for deeper understanding, is essential for lifelong learning. (Government of Canda, Employment and Social Development Canada, 2017; Rateau, Kaufman, & Cletzer, 2015). Integration across sub-disciplines in biology requires an understanding of…
Descriptors: Student Research, Introductory Courses, Biology, Assignments
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Lunsford, Eddie; Diviney, Michael – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
Anatomy and Physiology should be considered a gateway course due to its challenging scope and key role as a foundational prerequisite for many degree programs. Students often encounter gateway classes early in their college career when they are academically vulnerable due to their lack of university experience. A&P teaching methods are…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Teaching Methods, College Science
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Lansverk, Allison L.; Lichti, Deborah A.; Blinka, Kate W.; Callis-Duehl, Kristine L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are increasing being taught to undergraduates across institutions and topics and offer an opportunity for more students to participate in authentic research. There are many types of "CUREs" with varying degrees of including all five elements identified by Auchincloss et al. (2014)…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Science Laboratories
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Stover, Shawn K. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
Previous research has indicated that the use of case studies is effective for promoting critical thinking, enhancing interest in curricular content, and improving student understanding of core concepts. To prepare students for the challenges of a medical education, the biology faculty at a small, liberal arts college attempts to expose…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Premedical Students, Medical Education, Problem Based Learning
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Halpin, Patricia A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
To increase our students' access to study abroad opportunities, a full semester course was designed that embedded a study abroad trip to Belize during spring break. The course fulfills both an upper level science course for both biology and biotechnology majors and an elective course for the Global Studies minor. Ten students enrolled in the…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Study Abroad, Student Research, Student Experience
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Prestholdt, T. E.; Weilhoefer, C. L.; Dizney, L. J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
Faculty at all types of colleges and universities struggle with how smartphone use may enhance or diminish their pedagogy, in part because evidence-based data is lacking for most types of classrooms. Thus, we conducted a thorough investigation in an introductory biology lab course to determine how smartphones affected myriad aspects of student…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Photography, Technology Integration
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St. Clair, Bryn; Jensen, Jamie L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
Cognitive scientists and psychology researchers have given growing attention to evidence of the testing effect, that is, the improvement of students' recall through memory-retrieval practice in the form of quizzes and exams. While laboratory experiments consistently show dramatic positive effects on learning through the testing effect,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Recall (Psychology), Science Tests
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Darling, Randi A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
I teach an animal behavior course where students conduct independent research projects; however, using live animals for research is challenging at a small university. Often, students choose to conduct a laboratory project over a field project believing that it will be easier to observe animals and control variables, but it can be difficult and…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Science Instruction, Student Research, Undergraduate Students
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Wise, Michael J.; Collins, Rachel – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
The protection of earth's biodiversity requires a sophisticated understanding of how human activities can affect the relative abundances of species in natural ecological communities. Here, we report on an introductory biology laboratory activity in which students quantified biodiversity while investigating one of the most important controls on the…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Biology, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Wise, Michael J.; Collins, Rachel – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2020
Because the escalating loss of species is one of the most serious environmental crises we face, it is vital that students of biology comprehend and can communicate the roles that biodiversity plays in the functioning of ecosystems. Here, we report on a laboratory experiment that has been highly successful in our introductory biology courses at…
Descriptors: Ecology, Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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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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