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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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Christensen, David R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Remote camera-traps are commonly used to estimate the abundance, diversity, behavior and habitat use of wildlife in an inexpensive and nonintrusive manner. Because of the increasing use of remote-cameras in wildlife studies, students interested in wildlife biology should be exposed to the use of remote-cameras early in their academic careers.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Biology, Higher Education
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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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McCabe, Declan J.; Knight, Evelyn J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Since being introduced by Connor and Simberloff in response to Diamond's assembly rules, null model analysis has been a controversial tool in community ecology. Despite being commonly used in the primary literature, null model analysis has not featured prominently in general textbooks. Complexity of approaches along with difficulty in interpreting…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Computer Software
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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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Burton, Rebecca S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Textbooks are required in most introductory college science courses, but students may not be benefitting from the textbooks as much as their instructors might hope. Word use in the textbooks may influence textbook effectiveness. I tested whether either the amount of technical vocabulary or the readability had a significant effect on students'…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Science, Readability, 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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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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Minnerath, Jeanne M.; Roland, Jenna M.; Rossi, Lucas C.; Weishalla, Steven R.; Wolf, Melissa M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Gram staining bacteria is a fundamental technique introduced in general biology and microbiology laboratory courses. Two common problems students encounter when Gram staining bacteria are (1) having a difficult time locating bacterial cells on the microscope slide and (2) over-decolorizing bacterial cells during the staining procedure such that…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Heat, Chemistry, Science Activities
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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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Preszler, Ralph W. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
Students who chose to enroll in a supplemental course associated with a large biology lecture performed better on lecture exams than those students who chose not to enroll in the supplemental course. Sections of the supplemental course were taught with instructor-centered methods prior to some exams, student-centered methods prior to other exams,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Teaching Methods, Lecture Method
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Lunsford, Eddie; Bolton, Kimberly – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
This paper presents the course of action and outcome of a teacher-based action research project concerning development and evaluation of an online introductory biology course for non-majors. The research took place in a small community college and compared online and traditional instructional formats. A course was developed in an entirely…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Action Research, Web Based Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests
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Lefebvre, Daniel D.; Chenaux, Peter; Edwards, Maureen – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
An easily implemented practical exercise in applied science for biology students is presented that uses fungi to degrade an azo-dye. This is an example of bioremediation, the employment of living organisms to detoxify or contain pollutants. Its interdisciplinary nature widens students' perspectives of biology by exposing them to a chemical…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Hands on Science, College Students