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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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González, Edward L. F.; Lewis, C. Thomas; Slayback-Barry, Denise; Yost, Robert W. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
For a first-year seminar, Windows on Science, the authors developed a cooperative learning activity around film designed to meet two of the campus-wide Principles of Undergraduate Learning. The teaching method utilizes the power of storytelling by screening narrative and documentary films. In the process, the methodology helps students to realize…
Descriptors: African Americans, Science Instruction, Science Education, Multicultural Education
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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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Clark, Jordan M.; Rollins, Adam W.; Smith, Philip – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Journal clubs have been used to advance students' scientific skills beyond basic knowledge and comprehension, but students often view the traditional format of analyzing reported data and experimental design as laborious and intimidating. As such, the traditional approach can diminish student engagement and enthusiasm for the value of scientific…
Descriptors: Clubs, Science Process Skills, Scientific Research, Models
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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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Janssens, Peter; Waldhuber, Megan – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This laboratory exercise investigates the phenomenon of cytoplasmic streaming in the fresh water alga "Nitella". Students use the fungal toxin cytochalasin D, an inhibitor of actin polymerization, to investigate the mechanism of streaming. Students use simple statistical methods to analyze their data. Typical student data are provided. (Contains 3…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Laboratories, Data Analysis
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MacLaren, R. David; Schulte, Dianna; Kennedy, Jen – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This work describes a new field research laboratory in an undergraduate animal behavior course involving the study of whale behavior, ecology and conservation in partnership with a non-profit research organization--the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation (BOS). The project involves two weeks of training and five weekend trips on whale watch…
Descriptors: Animals, Field Studies, Achievement Tests, Animal Behavior
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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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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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Zhu, Lixin – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
For the purpose of teaching collegians the fundamentals of biological research, literature explaining the discovery of the gastric proton pump was presented in a 50-min lecture. The presentation included detailed information pertaining to the discovery process. This study was chosen because it demonstrates the importance of having a broad range of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Lecture Method, College Students, College Science
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