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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
As a foundational evolutionary concept, the Hardy-Weinberg principle should be taught enthusiastically in introductory biology courses. In a companion Perspectives paper, I made the case that students are often given limited or incorrect information on the HW principle due to a lack of mastery or confidence on the part of their teachers. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Evolution, Vignettes, Introductory Courses
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
The Hardy-Weinberg principle (HWP) is a fundamental model upon which much of the discipline of population genetics is based. Despite its significance, students often leave introductory biology courses with only a shallow understanding of the use and implications of the HWP. I contend that this deficiency in student comprehension is too-often a…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Teaching Methods, Genetics
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Eslinger, Melissa; Kent, Elizabeth – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Emphasizing scientific literacy in the core science curriculum promotes informed students within a liberal arts education. In our Introduction to Biology course, which enrolls predominantly humanities majors in their final science course of their academic careers, we designed a project to advance these analytical processes through the deliberate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Science Curriculum, Introductory Courses
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Dyer, Jamie O.; Elsenpeter, Ryan L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Numerous studies have examined the use of active learning methods in undergraduate courses, suggesting that these methods increase learning and retention as well as student engagement. In order to investigate the benefits of particular active learning assignments involving presentations of 3-dimensional simulations in an introductory biology…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Active Learning, Assignments, Student Evaluation
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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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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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Wright, L. Kate; Newman, Dina L.; Cardinale, Jean A.; Teese, Robert – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
The typical "flipped classroom" delivers lecture material in video format to students outside of class in order to make space for active learning in class. But why give students passive material at all? We are developing a set of high-quality online educational materials that promote active, hands-on science learning to aid in teaching…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, College Science, Vignettes, Active Learning
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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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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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Infanti, Lynn M.; Wiles, Jason R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
This investigation evaluated the effects of exposure to the "Evo in the News" section of the "Understanding Evolution" website on students' attitudes toward biological evolution in undergraduates in a mixed-majors introductory biology course at Syracuse University. Students' attitudes toward evolution and changes therein were…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Science Instruction, Control Groups
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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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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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Shumate, Alice M.; Windsor, Aaron J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
The increase in publications presenting molecular evolutionary analyses and the availability of comparative sequence data through resources such as NCBI's GenBank underscore the necessity of providing undergraduates with hands-on sequence analysis skills in an evolutionary context. This need is particularly acute given that students have been…
Descriptors: Evolution, Computer Software, Genetics, Laboratories
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Lassiter, Christopher S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Monohybrid crosses are taught in biology labs across the country using peas and corn. Students studying monohybrid crosses using zebrafish ("Danio rerio") would encounter a new model organism, and those interested in human or veterinary medicine would have increased interest. To this end, our college has implemented a laboratory exercise at the…
Descriptors: Animals, Science Activities, Genetics, Biology
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