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Butcher, Greg Q.; Rodriguez, Juan; Chirhart, Scott; Messina, Troy C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
In order to increase students' awareness for and comfort with mathematical modeling of biological processes, and increase their understanding of diffusion, the following lab was developed for use in 100-level, majors/non-majors biology and neuroscience courses. The activity begins with generation of a data set that uses coin-flips to replicate…
Descriptors: Biology, Comparative Analysis, Simulation, Questionnaires
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Carter, B. Elijah; Wiles, Jason R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Given the diverse array of media sources available to students today, it stands to reason that some media outlets would be of greater quality than others when communicating particular subjects to students. But what constitutes effectiveness among the many choices in information sourcing might not be easily intuited. For example, previous findings…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Climate
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Genade, Tyrone – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Plastic embryological models lack the excitement of seeing real, live embryos. Chick embryos are often used to demonstrate embryological development and blood circulation to students but this necessitates the death of the organism. "Kryptolebias marmoratus" embryos are large and can be viewed by means of a light microscope without need…
Descriptors: Embryology, Animals, Metabolism, Laboratory Equipment
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Planchard, Matthew; Daniel, Kristy L.; Maroo, Jill; Mishra, Chandrani; McLean, Tim – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
We conducted a mixed methods study in an upper-level genetics course exploring the relationships between student motivation, homework completion, and academic achievement at the college level. We used data from an open-ended questionnaire, homework grades and completion reports, and exam scores. We used these data sources to measure self-perceived…
Descriptors: Genetics, College Science, Homework, Student Motivation
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Weatherred, Wayland; Carlson, Darby J.; Carlson, Kimberly A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Proper hand hygiene accompanied with environmental surface disinfection provides a comprehensive approach to control and prevent respiratory and gastrointestinal illness in schools, hospitals, work environments, and the home. The persistent non-pathogenic Nora virus common in "Drosophila melanogaster" provides a horizontally transmitted…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Science Instruction, Hygiene, Entomology
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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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Stover, Shawn K.; McArthur, Laurence B.; Mabry, Michelle L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Although evidence supporting anthropogenic global warming and evolution by natural selection is considerable, the public does not embrace these concepts. The current study explores the hypothesis that individuals will become more receptive to scientific viewpoints if evidence for evolution and implications of global warming are presented as issues…
Descriptors: Climate, Evolution, Public Health, Evidence
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Ross, Karen; Hooten, Mary Ann; Cohen, Glenn – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Recognition of the value of a scientifically literate citizenry has driven American science education reform since the 1950s. We have seen some improvement in the comprehension of science facts in the past 10-20 years, but far less improvement in Americans' understanding of the nature of science. College science courses are ideal venues for…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Science, Scientific Principles
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Smith, Michael J.; Shaffer, Julie J.; Koupal, Keith D.; Hoback, W. Wyatt – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Many aquatic organisms survive by filter feeding from the surrounding water and capturing food particles. We developed a laboratory exercise that allows students to measure the effects of filtering by fresh water mussels on water turbidity. Mussels were acquired from Wards Scientific and exposed to a solution of baker's yeast. Over a period of one…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Laboratories, Biology, College Students
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Sirum, Karen; Humburg, Jennifer – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
Higher education goals include helping students develop evidence based reasoning skills; therefore, scientific thinking skills such as those required to understand the design of a basic experiment are important. The Experimental Design Ability Test (EDAT) measures students' understanding of the criteria for good experimental design through their…
Descriptors: Research Design, Thinking Skills, Tests, College Students
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Zhu, Lixin – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
For the purpose of teaching collegians the fundamentals of biological research, literature explaining the discovery of the gastric proton pump was presented in a 50-min lecture. The presentation included detailed information pertaining to the discovery process. This study was chosen because it demonstrates the importance of having a broad range of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Lecture Method, College Students, College Science
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Bee, Mary Tracy; Montante, James; Lanigan, Kate; Andrzejak, Michelle; Grabowski, Greg – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
Alternative teaching styles provide a unique and rewarding approach to reinforcing student knowledge and developing social skills. An approach that we implemented required students from the ecology class to organize and present information at the university-wide Earth Day celebration and exposition. In addition to the informational and research…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Teaching Styles, Student Organizations
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Jones-Held, Susan; Paoletti, Robert; Glick, David; Held, Michael E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
In this article we describe a multi-week investigative laboratory in microbial ecology/diversity and nitrogen cycling that we have used in our introductory biology course. This module encourages active student involvement in experimental design, using the scientific literature and quantitative analysis of large data sets. Students analyze soil…
Descriptors: Research Design, Laboratories, Ecology, Biology
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Carlin, Joel L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Dissections of single species (e.g., fetal pig) are a common student learning activity in introductory biology courses. Such dissections demonstrate location of anatomical parts and provide dissection practice but provide less opportunity for student critical thinking, numeracy and demonstration of the scientific method. A comparative anatomy lab…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Laboratory Procedures, Biology, Anatomy
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Benson, David; Atlas, Pierre; Haberski, Raymond; Higgs, Jamie; Kiley, Patrick; Maxwell, Michael, Jr.; Mirola, William; Norton, Jamey – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
As perhaps the most encompassing idea in biology, evolution has impacted not only science, but other academic disciplines as well. The broad, interdisciplinary impact of evolution was the theme of a course taught at Marian College, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Using a strategy that could be readily adopted at other institutions,…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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