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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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Haave, Neil C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
Capstone experiences have high educational impact with a number of approaches for biology. In most capstones, students produce a major project, typically as an undergraduate research experience, with a primary goal to integrate students' learning. At Augustana, our senior biology capstone uses history and philosophy to frame students' reflections…
Descriptors: Philosophy, History, Biology, Majors (Students)
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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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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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Stanford, Jennifer S.; Duwel, Laura E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
It has been suggested that research experiences are an important element that should be included in all undergraduate Biology curricula. This is a difficult suggestion to accommodate due to issues with cost, space and time. We addressed this challenge through development of a capstone project in which Biology majors work in groups to develop novel…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Science Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Gillie, Lynn; Bizub, Anne L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
The study of evolutionary theory and fieldwork in animal behavior is enriched when students leave the classroom so they may test their abilities to think and act like scientists. This article describes a course on evolutionary theory and animal behavior that blended on campus learning with field experience in the United States and in Ecuador and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Evolution, Animals, Animal Behavior
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Davis, Thomas A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
Loras College senior biology and biology research majors are required to take a comprehensive exam, give an oral presentation, write this talk into their thesis and participate in an exit interview with a non-biology faculty member before they graduate. Details of these capstone experiences will be discussed further. Other capstone experiences…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, College Seniors, Majors (Students)
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Stover, Shawn K.; Mabry, Michelle L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
A program-level assessment of the biology curriculum at a small liberal arts college validates a previous study demonstrating success in achieving learning outcomes related to content knowledge and communication skills. Furthermore, research opportunities have been provided to complement pedagogical strategies and give students a more complete…
Descriptors: Biomedicine, Majors (Students), Small Colleges, Research Opportunities
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Bonner, Janice M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Many undergraduate institutions are dealing with less-than-prepared students entering the biology major. When the biology department at College of Notre Dame of Maryland analyzed data from five past cohorts of prospective biology majors, it was evident that there was a significant correlation between their success in the introductory course in the…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Introductory Courses
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Stover, Shawn K.; Mabry, Michelle L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2007
Previous research has demonstrated creationist, Lamarckian, and teleological reasoning in high school and college students. These lines of thinking conflict with the Darwinian notion of natural selection, which serves as the primary catalyst for biological evolution. The current study assessed evolutionary conceptions in non-science majors,…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Evolution, Biology, Liberal Arts
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Tikekar, Rahul – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
A tool for teaching bioinformatics concepts to information systems majors is described. Biological data are available from numerous sources and a good knowledge of biology is needed to understand much of these data. As the subject of bioinformatics gains popularity among computer and information science course offerings, it will become essential…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Information Systems, Computer Science, Databases
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Marbach-Ad, Gili; Ribke, Melina; Gershoni, Jonathan M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
This study aimed to facilitate students' entrance to an introductory cell biology course for biology majors. The most prominent difficulty in this introductory course, is students' poor background-knowledge, such as a lack of understanding of very basic concepts and terms, and the huge differences in students' background knowledge. In order to…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Introductory Courses, Familiarity, Cytology
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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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Dick, Timothy T.; Watson, Jason – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
Introductory biology laboratory experiences frequently rely on preserved chordates for anatomical study. Unfortunately, these preserved organisms rarely reflect the appearance of a living creature. Since community colleges are generally prohibited the use of live chordates, this paper describes the autopsy of a "road kill" squirrel to facilitate…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Teamwork, Microbiology, Anatomy
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Curto, Karen; Bayer, Trudy – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
A collaborative effort between biology and communication instructors to facilitate speaking skills for senior biology majors resulted in improved organization, clarity and confidence in delivering an oral scientific presentation. But this instruction also favorably impacted students' scientific writing. This benefit seems best attributed to…
Descriptors: Biology, Majors (Students), College Seniors, Teacher Collaboration
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