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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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Kudish, Philip; Schlag, Erin; Kaplinsky, Nicholas J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
We developed a multi-week laboratory in which college-level introductory biology students investigate Mendel's stem length phenotype in peas. Students collect, analyze and interpret convergent evidence from molecular and physiological techniques. In weeks 1 and 2, students treat control and experimental plants with Gibberellic Acid (GA) to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Laboratories, Biology, Molecular Structure
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lunsford, Eddie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
The topic of inquiry is explored in an online freshman level introductory biology course for non-majors. The research took place in a distance learning program at a small community college in the Southeast. Students in the course were required to complete an extended guided inquiry in their homes and to communicate about their work by way of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Cooperation, Biology, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Palombi, Peggy Shadduck; Jagger, Kathleen Snell – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Using cultured fibroblast cells, undergraduate students explore cell division and the responses of cultured cells to a variety of environmental changes. The students learn new research techniques and carry out a self-designed experiment. Through this project, students enhance their creative approach to scientific inquiry, learn time-management and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cytology, Inquiry
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Kremer, Angelika; Walker, Mark; Schluter, Kirsten – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2007
We developed a course in inquiry-based science for students training to become primary school teachers. The emphasis of the course was teaching students to do inquiry-based science activities themselves, as this is the best way of learning how to teach using inquiry-based methods. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Inquiry
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Wollard, Laura; Klein, Benjamin; Carlson, Darby J.; Carlson, Kimberly A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
A major challenge in teaching the process of science to students is designing and implementing laboratory activities that emulate what is actually done in a research laboratory. To facilitate this effort, science educators have been encouraged to design exercises that span multiple laboratory periods, encourage independent thinking, promote…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Graduate Students, Research Projects, Distance Education
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