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Picardo, Kristin; Sabourin, Katie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Undergraduate scientific research experiences provide students unscripted, active learning opportunities where the students take the lead in inquiry, problem solving, and analysis. Biology and chemistry majors at St. John Fisher College participate in a competitive 10-week summer research experience mentored by a faculty member. Evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Student Research, Achievement Gains, Reflection, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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de Silva, Chamaree – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Undergraduate students often lack opportunities to comprehend, present, and produce scientific literature as part of their regular curriculum. In courses that have already been already developed, students either analyzed a few journal articles and/or studied disciplinary content typically with the assistance of a textbook. In this study, I have…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Science, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Cross, Chrissy J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
In the undergraduate biology laboratory, many freshmen are apathetic towards the content of the course. Curriculum based reader's theater (CRBT) is an instructional method that can increase interest the students in the content of the course while improving student communication, collaboration and understanding. This research is an examination of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, College Science, Science Laboratories
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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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Berkes, Charlotte; Chan, Leo Li-Ying – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
We have developed a semester-long laboratory project for an undergraduate immunology course in which students study multiple aspects of macrophage biology including differentiation from progenitors in the bone marrow, activation upon stimulation with microbial ligands, expression of cell surface markers, and modulation of cytokine production. In…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Laboratories
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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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Hilvano, Nestor T.; Mathis, Karen M.; Schauer, Daniel P. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Engaging students in discussion and creating high impact teaching and learning practices are a challenge in every classroom. Small group discussion and poster presentations were used to solve case-based problems to highlight issues for the learner and to allow each student to demonstrate understanding and application of theory to real life…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Group Discussion, Anatomy
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Basey, John M.; Maines, Anastasia P.; Francis, Clinton D.; Melbourne, Brett – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
We examined the effects of documenting observations with digital imaging versus hand drawing in inquiry-based college biodiversity labs. Plant biodiversity labs were divided into two treatments, digital imaging (N = 221) and hand drawing (N = 238). Graduate-student teaching assistants (N = 24) taught one class in each treatment. Assessments…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Freehand Drawing, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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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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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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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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Walton, Kristen L. W.; Baker, Jason C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Communication of scientific and medical information and collaborative work are important skills for students pursuing careers in health professions and other biomedical sciences. In addition, group work and active learning can increase student engagement and analytical skills. Students in our public health microbiology class were required to work…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Group Activities, Public Health
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Benson, David; Atlas, Pierre; Haberski, Raymond; Higgs, Jamie; Kiley, Patrick; Maxwell, Michael, Jr.; Mirola, William; Norton, Jamey – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
As perhaps the most encompassing idea in biology, evolution has impacted not only science, but other academic disciplines as well. The broad, interdisciplinary impact of evolution was the theme of a course taught at Marian College, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Using a strategy that could be readily adopted at other institutions,…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Felzien, Lisa; Salem, Laura – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Service learning involves providing service to the community while requiring students to meet learning goals in a specific course. A service learning project was implemented in a general biology course at Rockhurst University to involve students in promoting scientific education in conjunction with community partner educators. Students were…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Biology, Learning Experience, Program Implementation
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