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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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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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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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Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
A complete understanding of life involves how organisms are able to function in their environment and how they arise. Understanding how organisms arise involves both their evolution and development. Thus to completely comprehend living things, biology must study their function, development and evolution. Previous proposals for standardized…
Descriptors: Ecology, Required Courses, Biology, Curriculum Design
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Surasinghe, Thilina; Courter, Jason – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Encouraging nonprofessionals to participate in ecological research through citizen science programs is a recent innovation and an effective strategy for gathering ecological information across broad geographical areas. In this paper, we demonstrate how reporting field-based observations through eBird, a citizen-based birding and data-recording…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Ecology, Ornithology, Data Collection
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Carleton, Renee E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Computer-aided learning (CAL) is used increasingly to teach anatomy in post-secondary programs. Studies show that augmentation of traditional cadaver dissection and model examination by CAL can be associated with positive student learning outcomes. In order to reduce costs associated with the purchase of skeletons and models and to encourage study…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Anatomy, Internet
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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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Christensen, David R.; LaRoche, Andrew – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This paper describes a series of laboratory exercises for upper level biology courses, independent research and/or honors programs. Students sampled fish from a local water body with the assistance of a local fish and wildlife agency. Tissue samples from collected fish were utilized to obtain estimates of the stable isotopes delta[superscript 13]C…
Descriptors: Animals, Honors Curriculum, Ecology, Biology
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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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Elliott, Shannon S.; Winter, Peggy A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
The split-root technique produces a plant with two equal root masses. Traditionally, the two root masses of the single plant are cultivated in adjacent pots with or without roots from competitors for the purpose of elucidating habitat preferences. We have tailored this technology for the classroom, adjusting protocols to match resources and time…
Descriptors: Competition, Laboratories, Science Process Skills, Botany
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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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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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Ronsheim, Margaret L.; Pregnall, A. Marshall; Schwarz, Jodi; Schlessman, Mark A.; Raley-Susman, Kathleen M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
We describe a new approach to teaching introductory biology. Our introductory experience for undergraduates is a laboratory course that is entirely inquiry and discovery based. We introduce our students to fundamental concepts in biology in the framework of three multi-week laboratory modules, each of which is an open-ended investigation of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Biology, Science Instruction
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Miller, William R.; Mitchell, Colleen; Miller, Jeffrey D. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
We challenged an Aquatic Biology class to find a way to access, observe, and record aquatic habitats and organisms without causing disruption. Using off the shelf components the class was guided in the design and assembly of a remote controlled, video broadcasting, data collecting, floating vehicle based on a molded goose decoy. GOOSE-CAM or…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Biology, Science Instruction, Water
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