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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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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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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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Burton, Rebecca S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Textbooks are required in most introductory college science courses, but students may not be benefitting from the textbooks as much as their instructors might hope. Word use in the textbooks may influence textbook effectiveness. I tested whether either the amount of technical vocabulary or the readability had a significant effect on students'…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Science, Readability, Textbook Content
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Fingerut, Jonathan; Orbe, Kristina; Flynn, Daniel; Habdas, Piotr – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
As part of a biomechanics course aimed at both upper-division Biology and Physics majors, this laboratory exercise introduces students to the ingenious ways in which organisms vary the composition and form of support and defensive structures such as bone and shell to maximize their strength while minimizing the energetic cost needed to produce…
Descriptors: College Science, Biomechanics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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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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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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Feizabadi, Mitra Shojania – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
The importance of including concepts, examples, and techniques from mathematics and the physical and information sciences in biology courses to fulfill the need of today's undergraduates has been the principle motivation for developing interdisciplinary biology-focused courses. Although this movement started many years ago, developing and offering…
Descriptors: Biophysics, Biology, College Science, Science Instruction
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Pontelli, Enrico; Pinto, Jorge; Qin, Xiaoxiao; He, Jing; Bevan, David; MacCuish, Norah; MacCuish, John; Chapman, Mitch; Moreland, David – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
One of the difficulties in teaching basic molecular biology concepts to the students with little biological background is the lack of hands-on exercises that combines the challenges of the concepts with visualization and immediate feedback. BIOPS Interactive is a web-based interactive learning environment for molecular biology that complements…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Science Instruction
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Platz, James E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Field experiments offer the opportunity for hands on experience with the scientific process. While this is true of a wide variety of activities, many have pitfalls both experimental and logistical that reduce the overall rate of success, in turn, influencing student learning outcomes. Relying on small, territorial, diurnal lizards and an array of…
Descriptors: Radiation, Heat, Teaching Methods, Animals
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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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Kreiser, Brian; Hairston, Rosalina – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2007
Understanding mitosis and meiosis is fundamental to understanding the basics of Mendelian inheritance, yet many students find these concepts challenging or confusing. Here we present a visually and physically stimulating activity using minimal supplies to supplement traditional instruction in order to engage the students and facilitate…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Chemotti, Diana C.; Davis, Sarah N.; Cook, Leslie W.; Willoughby, Ian R.; Paradise, Christopher J.; Lom, Barbara – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
Malathion is an organophosphorus insecticide, which is often sprayed to control mosquitoes. When applied to aquatic habitats, malathion can also influence the embryogenesis of non-target organisms such as frogs and fish. We modified the frog embryo teratogen assay in "Xenopus" (FETAX), a standard toxicological assay, into an investigative…
Descriptors: Research Design, Toxicology, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments
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Rutledge, Michael L.; Mathis, Philip M.; Seipelt, Rebecca L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2005
As students apply their knowledge of scientific concepts and of science as a method of inquiry, learning becomes relevant. This laboratory exercise is designed to foster students' understanding of the genetics of quantitative traits and of the nature of science as a method of inquiry by engaging them in a real-world business scenario. During the…
Descriptors: Legal Problems, Scientific Research, Intellectual Property, Scientific Principles
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