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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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Bozzone, Donna M.; Doyle, Mary Beth – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
We describe a pair of fully integrated courses designed to teach biology to non-majors in a manner that connects authentically to the liberal arts. The co-taught courses were organized around the question: What does it mean to be human? Students investigated this question in the context of three topics: dis/ability, race, and sex and gender. In…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Biology, Science Instruction, Liberal Arts
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Ryan, Amy B.; Elwess, Nancy L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
This investigative laboratory activity engages students in observing, recording, graphing and analyzing pulsation rates in a commonly used laboratory organism, blackworms. This activity stresses how various drugs can impact the pulsation rate in blackworms at varying concentrations. In addition, we have incorporated two new ways to view the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Science Laboratories
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Christensen, David R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Remote camera-traps are commonly used to estimate the abundance, diversity, behavior and habitat use of wildlife in an inexpensive and nonintrusive manner. Because of the increasing use of remote-cameras in wildlife studies, students interested in wildlife biology should be exposed to the use of remote-cameras early in their academic careers.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Biology, Higher Education
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Gonz├ílez, Edward L. F.; Lewis, C. Thomas; Slayback-Barry, Denise; Yost, Robert W. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
For a first-year seminar, Windows on Science, the authors developed a cooperative learning activity around film designed to meet two of the campus-wide Principles of Undergraduate Learning. The teaching method utilizes the power of storytelling by screening narrative and documentary films. In the process, the methodology helps students to realize…
Descriptors: African Americans, Science Instruction, Science Education, Multicultural Education
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Michael, Nancy A.; Libarkin, Julie C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Unless sought out by the individual, University and College faculty typically receive minimal, if any, pedagogical training as part of their career development. This perspectives essay first introduces pedagogical training for instructors in higher education by comparing it to the training required for primary and secondary school educators. Using…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Mentors, Methods
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Martin, Kirsten H. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
Undergraduate biology programs in smaller liberal arts colleges are increasingly becoming focused on health science fields. This narrowing of focus potentially decreases opportunities for these students to explore other sub-fields of biology. This perspectives article highlights how one small university in Connecticut decided to institute a…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Darling, Randi – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Evolution is a unifying concept within biology. In fact, Dobzhansky, a noted evolutionary biologist, argued, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" (Dobzhansky, 1973). However, often students have misconceptions about evolution. There are a number of available activities where students use tools (representing…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Scientific Concepts, Inquiry
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Pearce, Amy R.; Sale, Amanda Lovelace; Srivatsan, Malathi; Beck, Christopher W.; Blumer, Lawrence S.; Grippo, Anne A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
We developed an inquiry-based biology laboratory exercise in which undergraduate students designed experiments addressing whether material from the neem tree ("Azadirachta indica") altered bean beetle ("Callosobruchus maculatus") movements and oviposition. Students were introduced to the bean beetle life cycle, experimental…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Belanger, Rachelle M.; Conant, Stephanie B.; Grabowski, Gregory M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Rats can be used as a model organism to teach physiological concepts in a laboratory setting. This article describes a two-part laboratory that introduces students to hypothesis testing, experimental design, the appropriate use of controls and surgical techniques. Students perform both a castration and sham-control surgery on male rats and test…
Descriptors: Animals, Medical Research, Physiology, Metabolism
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Davis, Thomas A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Students learn best by being actively engaged in the learning process. This essay describes a teaching technique where students generate their own questions about a course topic. This occurs at the beginning of each new section of a course. The instructor works with the class to answer the students' own questions throughout that section of…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Active Learning, Learner Engagement, Biology
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Flannery, Maura C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Herbaria are collections of preserved plants specimens, some of which date back to the 16th century. They are essential to botanical research, especially in systematics. They can also be important historical documents. The collections of Lewis and Clark, Carolus Linnaeus, and Charles Darwin, to name a few, are primary sources for the study of…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Web Sites
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Roy, Nicole M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful technology used to knock down genes in basic research and medicine. In 2006 RNAi technology using "Caenorhabditis elegans" ("C. elegans") was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine and thus students graduating in the biological sciences should have experience with this technology. However,…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Hallyburton, Chad L.; Lunsford, Eddie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
The history of learning biology through distance education is documented. A review of terminology and unique problems associated with biology instruction is presented. Using published research and their own teaching experience, the authors present recommendations and best practices for managing biology in distance-based formats. They offer ideas…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Distance Education, Educational History
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Fingerut, Jonathan; Orbe, Kristina; Flynn, Daniel; Habdas, Piotr – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
As part of a biomechanics course aimed at both upper-division Biology and Physics majors, this laboratory exercise introduces students to the ingenious ways in which organisms vary the composition and form of support and defensive structures such as bone and shell to maximize their strength while minimizing the energetic cost needed to produce…
Descriptors: College Science, Biomechanics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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