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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
As a foundational evolutionary concept, the Hardy-Weinberg principle should be taught enthusiastically in introductory biology courses. In a companion Perspectives paper, I made the case that students are often given limited or incorrect information on the HW principle due to a lack of mastery or confidence on the part of their teachers. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Evolution, Vignettes, Introductory Courses
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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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Eslinger, Melissa; Kent, Elizabeth – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Emphasizing scientific literacy in the core science curriculum promotes informed students within a liberal arts education. In our Introduction to Biology course, which enrolls predominantly humanities majors in their final science course of their academic careers, we designed a project to advance these analytical processes through the deliberate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Science Curriculum, Introductory Courses
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Dyer, Jamie O.; Elsenpeter, Ryan L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Numerous studies have examined the use of active learning methods in undergraduate courses, suggesting that these methods increase learning and retention as well as student engagement. In order to investigate the benefits of particular active learning assignments involving presentations of 3-dimensional simulations in an introductory biology…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Active Learning, Assignments, Student Evaluation
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Prestholdt, Tara; Fletcher, Vail – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Experiential learning provides students the time and space to participate in the process of learning by engaging in real, modern situations. Via hands on activities and reflection, students are able to assimilate new experiences with previous ones, and it has been repeatedly shown to improve student learning. We assessed how ten days of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Study Abroad, Experiential Learning, Nonmajors
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Picardo, Kristin; Sabourin, Katie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Undergraduate scientific research experiences provide students unscripted, active learning opportunities where the students take the lead in inquiry, problem solving, and analysis. Biology and chemistry majors at St. John Fisher College participate in a competitive 10-week summer research experience mentored by a faculty member. Evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Student Research, Achievement Gains, Reflection, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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de Ondarza, José – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
With over 1,400 known disease-causing organisms in humans alone, and hundreds of named infections, the realm of Medical Microbiology is both fascinating and intimidating. The wealth of information covered in this subject area often demands much memorization that can be difficult to handle. By integrating key concepts and terminology of this…
Descriptors: Communicable Diseases, Educational Games, Concept Teaching, Microbiology
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Lucin, Kurt M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Histological assessment of tissues is a critical component of diagnosing diseases and determining disease severity or stage. In order to fully appreciate tissue pathology, an understanding of healthy tissue layers is required. Students traditionally learn this information by memorizing different layers within healthy tissue. This is often a…
Descriptors: Cancer, Pathology, Hands on Science, Inquiry
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de Silva, Chamaree – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Undergraduate students often lack opportunities to comprehend, present, and produce scientific literature as part of their regular curriculum. In courses that have already been already developed, students either analyzed a few journal articles and/or studied disciplinary content typically with the assistance of a textbook. In this study, I have…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Science, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Belanger, Rachelle M.; Grabowski, Gregory M.; Joshi, Gnanada S.; Tuttle, Jacob E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Histotechnology is commonly used in medical research, pathological testing, and pharmaceutical development. We designed a three-week, inquiry-based laboratory module that helps prepare students for biomedical careers by teaching them tissue sampling, processing, and imaging. Rats were treated with streptozotocin (a known diabetogen) while control…
Descriptors: Diabetes, Pathology, Physiology, Inquiry
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Browning, Samantha; Urschler, Margaret; Meidl, Katherine; Peculis, Brenda; Milanick, Mark – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
We describe a 3-hour session that provides students with the opportunity to review basic lab concepts and important techniques using real life scenarios. We began with two separate student-engaged discussions to remind/reinforce some basic concepts in physiology and review calculations with respect to chemical compounds. This was followed by…
Descriptors: Human Body, Case Studies, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Procedures
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
The importance of biodiversity to the health of our planet is increasingly being discussed, not only by scientists, but by the public at large. Therefore, an understanding of how human activities are affecting biodiversity is vital for informed participation in society, and thus it is an important topic for liberal arts education. Here, I present…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Plants (Botany), Biology, Botany
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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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Camfield, Eileen Kogl; Land, Kirkwood M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
In response to calls for pedagogical reforms in undergraduate biology courses to decrease student attrition rates and increase active learning, this article describes one faculty member's conversion from traditional teaching methods to more engaging forms of practice. Partially told as a narrative, this article illustrates a.) the way many faculty…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Biology, Faculty Development
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