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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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Wright, L. Kate; Newman, Dina L.; Cardinale, Jean A.; Teese, Robert – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
The typical "flipped classroom" delivers lecture material in video format to students outside of class in order to make space for active learning in class. But why give students passive material at all? We are developing a set of high-quality online educational materials that promote active, hands-on science learning to aid in teaching…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, College Science, Vignettes, Active Learning
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Metzger, Kelsey J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
Effectively managing active learning classrooms (ALCs), particularly large ALCs, can present a variety of challenges for instructors. There is a rapidly growing body of research literature addressing the impact of ALCs on student engagement and learning, but fewer studies have focused on investigating instructional practices and instructors in…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Biology
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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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Nogaj, Luiza A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
A nine-week laboratory project designed for a sophomore level molecular biology course is described. Small groups of students (3-4 per group) choose a tumor suppressor gene (TSG) or an oncogene for this project. Each group researches the role of their TSG/oncogene from primary literature articles and uses bioinformatics engines to find the gene…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Molecular Biology, College Science
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Basey, John M.; Maines, Anastasia P.; Francis, Clinton D.; Melbourne, Brett – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
We examined the effects of documenting observations with digital imaging versus hand drawing in inquiry-based college biodiversity labs. Plant biodiversity labs were divided into two treatments, digital imaging (N = 221) and hand drawing (N = 238). Graduate-student teaching assistants (N = 24) taught one class in each treatment. Assessments…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Freehand Drawing, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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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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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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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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Sato, Takumi; Phillips, Bonnie; Latourelle, Sandra M.; Elwess, Nancy L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
The 14-base pair hypervariable region in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of Asian populations, specifically Japanese and Chinese students at Plattsburgh State University, was examined. Previous research on this 14-base pair region showed it to be susceptible to mutations and as a result indicated direct correlation with specific ethnic populations.…
Descriptors: College Science, Genetics, Biology, Information Science
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Tessier, Jack T.; Penniman, Clayton A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
There is a collective need to increase the use of inquiry-based instruction at the college level. This paper provides of an example of how inquiry was successfully used in the laboratory component of an undergraduate course in microbial ecology. Students were offered a collection of field and laboratory methods to choose from, and they developed a…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Laboratories, Ecology, College Faculty
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Ghedotti, Michael J.; Fielitz, Christopher; Leonard, Daniel J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
This paper presents a teaching methodology involving an independent research project component for use in undergraduate Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy laboratory courses. The proposed project introduces cooperative, active learning in a research context to comparative vertebrate anatomy. This project involves pairs or groups of three students…
Descriptors: Animals, Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Science Laboratories
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Greene, Kathleen; Donovan, Sam – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
In the process of designing and field-testing bioinformatics curriculum materials, we have adopted a three-stage, progressive model that emphasizes collaborative scientific inquiry. The elements of the model include: (1) context setting, (2) introduction to concepts, processes, and tools, and (3) development of competent use of technologically…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Science Instruction, College Science
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Slish, Donald F. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
This project involved the use of two small, closely matched non-majors introductory biology classes to test the use of the Jigsaw method of teaching vs. a passive, instructor-oriented model of teaching. In this study, the Jigsaw method was used as a jumping off point for the teaching-learning of the material. Students were to learn the concepts of…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Science Instruction, Learning Activities, College Science
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Vondrasek, Joanna R.; Antonovics, Janis; Taylor, Douglas R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2004
We have developed a laboratory course that demonstrates how evolution can be taught as a participatory, investigative science at the undergraduate college or advanced secondary high school level. The course emphasizes the applied importance of evolution to areas such as medicine and agriculture. Because many instructors face budgetary or other…
Descriptors: Field Instruction, Evolution, Inquiry, Active Learning
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