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Drinkwater, Michael J.; Matthews, Kelly E.; Seiler, Jacob – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
While there is a wealth of research evidencing the benefits of active-learning approaches, the extent to which these teaching practices are adopted in the sciences is not well known. The aim of this study is to establish an evidential baseline of teaching practices across a bachelor of science degree program at a large research-intensive…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evidence Based Practice, Undergraduate Study, Science Departments
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Ainscough, Louise; Foulis, Eden; Colthorpe, Kay; Zimbardi, Kirsten; Robertson-Dean, Melanie; Chunduri, Prasad; Lluka, Lesley – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Academic self-efficacy encompasses judgments regarding one's ability to perform academic tasks and is correlated with achievement and persistence. This study describes changes in biology self-efficacy during a first-year course. Students (n = 614) were given the Biology Self-Efficacy Scale at the beginning and end of the semester. The instrument…
Descriptors: Biology, Self Efficacy, College Freshmen, Attitude Change
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Rowland, Susan; Pedwell, Rhianna; Lawrie, Gwen; Lovie-Toon, Joseph; Hung, Yu – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
The recent push for more authentic teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics indicates a shared agreement that undergraduates require greater exposure to professional practices. There is considerable variation, however, in how "authentic" science education is defined. In this paper we present our…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Foreign Countries, College Science