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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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Soto, Julio G.; Everhart, Jerry – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Biology faculty at San José State University developed, piloted, implemented, and assessed a freshmen course sequence based on the macro-to micro-teaching approach that was team-taught, and organized around unifying themes. Content learning assessment drove the conceptual framework of our course sequence. Content student learning increased…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Science, Biology, Team Teaching
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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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Stanford, Jennifer S.; Duwel, Laura E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
It has been suggested that research experiences are an important element that should be included in all undergraduate Biology curricula. This is a difficult suggestion to accommodate due to issues with cost, space and time. We addressed this challenge through development of a capstone project in which Biology majors work in groups to develop novel…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Science Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Daggett, Melissa A. F. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
A number of current reports are challenging educators of undergraduate biology students to increase the role, interactions and approaches of other disciplines. The goal stated in these reports is to produce a college graduate with the skills and competencies to solve pressing global problems such as producing ample food, fuels, and making health…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Biology, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Hartle, R. Todd; Baviskar, Sandhya; Smith, Rosemary – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This field guide provides four essential criteria for constructivism as well as a guide for using these criteria to identify and assess the level of constructivism being used in an educational experience. The criteria include: 1) prior knowledge, 2) cognitive dissonance, 3) application with feedback, and 4) metacognition. This guide provides…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Psychological Patterns, Criteria, Biology
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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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Wolff, Brian G. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Environmental ethicists have focused much attention on the limits of utilitarianism and have generally defined "environmental ethics" in a manner that treats utilitarian environmental ethics as an oxymoron. This is unfortunate because utilitarian ethics can support strong environmental policies, and environmental ethicists have not yet produced a…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ethics, Public Policy, Educational Principles
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Wolff, Brian G. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Environmental ethicists have focused much attention on the limits of utilitarianism and have generally defined "environmental ethics" in a manner that treats utilitarian environmental ethics as an oxymoron. This is unfortunate because utilitarian ethics can support strong environmental policies, and environmental ethicists have not yet produced a…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ethics, Public Policy, Educational Principles
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Temple, Glena Gilbert; Toepfer, Conrad – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
The ACUBE Steering Committee and President conducted an online survey of members from November 2007-January 2008. The survey asked members for input on a variety of issues facing ACUBE, ranging from participation in the association to satisfaction with annual meetings, Bioscene, and the webpage. The survey was completed by 34% of the membership…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Strategic Planning, Surveys, Meetings
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Holmes, Raquell M.; Qureshi, Maryam M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
The project described in this article is less about the content area, computational cell biology, and more about the educational practice of the students and faculty involved. Over the course of the past four years, Dr. Raquell Holmes has worked to create curricular resources that support the integration of modeling methods in biology education.…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Student Research, Figurative Language, Educational Practices
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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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Brodl, Mark R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
This project presents a model for the development of an innovative, highly-experimental teaching laboratory course that centers upon collaborative efforts between recent alumni currently enrolled in Ph. D. programs (consultants) and current faculty. Because these consultants are involved in cutting-edge research, their combined talents represent a…
Descriptors: Consultants, Alumni, Neurology, Chemistry
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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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Shingles, Richard; Feist, Theron; Brosnan, Rae – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
To build a learning community, the General Biology faculty at Johns Hopkins University conducted collaborative, problem-based learning assignments outside of class in which students are assigned to specific areas on campus, and gather and report data about their area. To overcome the logistics challenges presented by conducting such assignments in…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Problem Based Learning, Cooperative Learning