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Parent, Beth A.; Marbach-Ad, Gili; Swanson, Karen V.; Smith, Ann C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Scientific literature was used to give a research oriented context to our immunology lab course. Immunology lab, a senior level course (60 students/year) was formerly taught in a traditional mode, with exercises aimed at learning lab protocols. To engage students in understanding we connected the protocols to their use as reported in research…
Descriptors: Research Design, Learning Laboratories, Teaching Methods, Science Education
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; McGinnis, J. Randy; Pease, Rebecca; Dai, Amy H.; Schalk, Kelly A.; Benson, Spencer – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
We investigated a pedagogical innovation in an undergraduate microbiology course (Microbes and Society) for non-majors and education majors. The goals of the curriculum and pedagogical transformation were to promote active learning and concentrate on clarity in teaching. This course was part of a longitudinal project (Project Nexus) which…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Nonmajors, Education Majors, Microbiology
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; Ribke, Melina; Gershoni, Jonathan M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
This study aimed to facilitate students' entrance to an introductory cell biology course for biology majors. The most prominent difficulty in this introductory course, is students' poor background-knowledge, such as a lack of understanding of very basic concepts and terms, and the huge differences in students' background knowledge. In order to…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Introductory Courses, Familiarity, Cytology
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; Arviv-Elyashiv, Rinat – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
What should an undergraduate student in a specific discipline gain in the course of his/her studies? All too often, the answer to this question is not formally defined, and answers differ, sometimes largely, even between members of the same academic faculty. In our study we focused on the life sciences faculty and explored both undergraduate…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences, College Faculty, Student Attitudes
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Yarden, Hagit; Marbach-Ad, Gili; Gershoni, Jonathan M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2004
In our study, we focused on the conceptual understanding of the concepts and processes presented in the first lectures of an introductory course in cellular biology for biology majors. The study topic we considered was, "the structure of DNA and the functions of nucleotides". One hundred and eighteen students were asked to prepare concept maps…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Concept Mapping, College Freshmen, Introductory Courses