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Burton, Rebecca S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
When selecting a textbook, college instructors must weigh a variety of factors. One is whether the text is written at a level that is accessible to one's students. An important factor in this is how many technical words are used. I developed an index to calculate logodiversity, a term I coined that reflects the number of technical words and the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Science, Biology, Textbook Content
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Jensen, Jamie L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
Higher education faculty are not held to the same standard of pedagogical preparation as primary and secondary teachers. This perspectives essay points out the difference in pedagogical preparations between higher education faculty and high school teachers. The essay highlights research indicating the importance of pedagogical training, offers…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Biology, 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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Ronsheim, Margaret L.; Pregnall, A. Marshall; Schwarz, Jodi; Schlessman, Mark A.; Raley-Susman, Kathleen M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
We describe a new approach to teaching introductory biology. Our introductory experience for undergraduates is a laboratory course that is entirely inquiry and discovery based. We introduce our students to fundamental concepts in biology in the framework of three multi-week laboratory modules, each of which is an open-ended investigation of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Biology, Science Instruction
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Pontelli, Enrico; Pinto, Jorge; Qin, Xiaoxiao; He, Jing; Bevan, David; MacCuish, Norah; MacCuish, John; Chapman, Mitch; Moreland, David – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
One of the difficulties in teaching basic molecular biology concepts to the students with little biological background is the lack of hands-on exercises that combines the challenges of the concepts with visualization and immediate feedback. BIOPS Interactive is a web-based interactive learning environment for molecular biology that complements…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Science Instruction
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Walton, Kristen L. W.; Baker, Jason C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Communication of scientific and medical information and collaborative work are important skills for students pursuing careers in health professions and other biomedical sciences. In addition, group work and active learning can increase student engagement and analytical skills. Students in our public health microbiology class were required to work…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Group Activities, Public Health
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Kelley, Scott; Alger, Christianna; Deutschman, Douglas – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
The importance of Bioinformatics tools and methodology in modern biological research underscores the need for robust and effective courses at the college level. This paper describes such a course designed on the principles of cooperative learning based on a computer software industry production model called "Extreme Programming" (EP).…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Science Instruction, College Science
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Francom, Greg; Bybee, David; Wolfersberger, Mark; Mendenhall, Anne; Merrill, M. David – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Many new instructional theories advocate centering instruction around a set of authentic tasks to improve application and transfer of knowledge and help students take more responsibility for their own learning. At BYU-Hawaii, a general education biology course was redesigned to follow this task-centered approach and then taught to two groups of…
Descriptors: Biology, Introductory Courses, College Science, Science Instruction
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Lunsford, Eddie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
The topic of inquiry is explored in an online freshman level introductory biology course for non-majors. The research took place in a distance learning program at a small community college in the Southeast. Students in the course were required to complete an extended guided inquiry in their homes and to communicate about their work by way of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Cooperation, Biology, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Elwess, Nancy L.; Duprey, Stephen L.; Harney, Lindesay A.; Langman, Jessie E.; Marino, Tara C.; Martinez, Carolina; McKeon, Lauren L.; Moss, Chantel I. E.; Myrie, Sasha S.; Taylor, Luke Ryan – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
"Alu"-insertion polymorphisms were used by an undergraduate Bioinformatics class to study how these insertion sites could be the basis for an investigation in human population genetics. Based on the students' investigation, both allele and genotype "Alu" frequencies were determined for African-American and Japanese populations as well as a…
Descriptors: Investigations, Genetics, Biodiversity, Undergraduate Students
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Bauer-Dantoin, Angela C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Service learning projects were incorporated into the curriculum of an undergraduate course entitled "Biology of Women". The goals of the service learning projects were: 1) to provide students with the opportunity to consider issues pertaining to human biology in real-world settings; 2) to foster student engagement with the community; and…
Descriptors: Community Needs, Females, Student Reaction, Service Learning
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Rutledge, Michael L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Students enrolled in a large-lecture, non-majors biology course employing a diversified instructional approach featuring both instructor-centered and student-centered techniques evaluated the effectiveness of each approach in fostering course goals. Students perceived both approaches to be effective to some extent. Students indicated that the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Biology, Introductory Courses, Large Group Instruction
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Palombi, Peggy Shadduck; Jagger, Kathleen Snell – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Using cultured fibroblast cells, undergraduate students explore cell division and the responses of cultured cells to a variety of environmental changes. The students learn new research techniques and carry out a self-designed experiment. Through this project, students enhance their creative approach to scientific inquiry, learn time-management and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cytology, Inquiry
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Elwess, Nancy L.; Edwards, Felecia; Latourelle, Sandra M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
Up until a short time ago the Y chromosome played the role of the juvenile delinquent within human chromosomes. It was considered to be rich in junk, short on genes, and rapidly degenerating. Now the Y chromosome is growing up by providing a means for investigating human migration. Through the use of genetic markers on the Y chromosomes, students…
Descriptors: Genetics, Migration, Males, Biology
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Chemotti, Diana C.; Davis, Sarah N.; Cook, Leslie W.; Willoughby, Ian R.; Paradise, Christopher J.; Lom, Barbara – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
Malathion is an organophosphorus insecticide, which is often sprayed to control mosquitoes. When applied to aquatic habitats, malathion can also influence the embryogenesis of non-target organisms such as frogs and fish. We modified the frog embryo teratogen assay in "Xenopus" (FETAX), a standard toxicological assay, into an investigative…
Descriptors: Research Design, Toxicology, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments
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