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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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Browning, Samantha; Urschler, Margaret; Meidl, Katherine; Peculis, Brenda; Milanick, Mark – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
We describe a 3-hour session that provides students with the opportunity to review basic lab concepts and important techniques using real life scenarios. We began with two separate student-engaged discussions to remind/reinforce some basic concepts in physiology and review calculations with respect to chemical compounds. This was followed by…
Descriptors: Human Body, Case Studies, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Procedures
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
The importance of biodiversity to the health of our planet is increasingly being discussed, not only by scientists, but by the public at large. Therefore, an understanding of how human activities are affecting biodiversity is vital for informed participation in society, and thus it is an important topic for liberal arts education. Here, I present…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Plants (Botany), Biology, Botany
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Bozzone, Donna M.; Doyle, Mary Beth – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
We describe a pair of fully integrated courses designed to teach biology to non-majors in a manner that connects authentically to the liberal arts. The co-taught courses were organized around the question: What does it mean to be human? Students investigated this question in the context of three topics: dis/ability, race, and sex and gender. In…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Biology, Science Instruction, Liberal Arts
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Ryan, Amy B.; Elwess, Nancy L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
This investigative laboratory activity engages students in observing, recording, graphing and analyzing pulsation rates in a commonly used laboratory organism, blackworms. This activity stresses how various drugs can impact the pulsation rate in blackworms at varying concentrations. In addition, we have incorporated two new ways to view the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Science Laboratories
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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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Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
E-portfolios have the potential to transform students' learning experiences. They promote reflection on the significance of what and how students have learned. Such reflective practices enhance students' ability to articulate their knowledge and skills to their peers, teachers, and future employers. In addition, e-portfolios can help assess the…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Portfolios (Background Materials), Learning Experience, Undergraduate Students
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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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Soto, Julio G.; Everhart, Jerry – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Biology faculty at San José State University developed, piloted, implemented, and assessed a freshmen course sequence based on the macro-to micro-teaching approach that was team-taught, and organized around unifying themes. Content learning assessment drove the conceptual framework of our course sequence. Content student learning increased…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Science, Biology, Team Teaching
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McCabe, Declan J.; Knight, Evelyn J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Since being introduced by Connor and Simberloff in response to Diamond's assembly rules, null model analysis has been a controversial tool in community ecology. Despite being commonly used in the primary literature, null model analysis has not featured prominently in general textbooks. Complexity of approaches along with difficulty in interpreting…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Computer Software
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Genade, Tyrone – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Plastic embryological models lack the excitement of seeing real, live embryos. Chick embryos are often used to demonstrate embryological development and blood circulation to students but this necessitates the death of the organism. "Kryptolebias marmoratus" embryos are large and can be viewed by means of a light microscope without need…
Descriptors: Embryology, Animals, Metabolism, Laboratory Equipment
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Webb, Rebecca L.; Bilitski, James; Zerbee, Alyssa; Symans, Alexandra; Chop, Alexandra; Seitz, Brianne; Tran, Cindy – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
The study of embryonic development of multiple organisms, including model organisms such as frogs and chicks, is included in many undergraduate biology programs, as well as in a variety of graduate programs. As our knowledge of biological systems increases and the amount of material to be taught expands, the time spent instructing students about…
Descriptors: Embryology, Biology, College Science, Computer Oriented Programs
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Peterson, Elizabeth K.; Carrico, Pauline – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we describe a two-week learning module where students tested the role of the "fruitless" gene on aggression and courtship in "Drosophila melanogaster" via team-based learning (TBL) strategies. The purpose of this module was to determine if TBL could be used in the future as a platform to implement the course…
Descriptors: Genetics, College Science, Science Instruction, Teamwork
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