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Dowd, Jason E.; Thompson, Robert J., Jr.; Schif, Leslie A.; Reynolds, Julie A. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
Developing critical-thinking and scientific reasoning skills are core learning objectives of science education, but little empirical evidence exists regarding the interrelationships between these constructs. Writing effectively fosters students' development of these constructs, and it offers a unique window into studying how they relate. In this…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Science Process Skills, Undergraduate Students, Theses
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Cotner, Sehoya; Thompson, Seth; Wright, Robin – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Recent calls to action urge sweeping reform in science education, advocating for improved learning for "all" students--including those majoring in fields beyond the sciences. However, little work has been done to characterize the differences--if any exist--between students planning a career in science and those studying other…
Descriptors: Biology, STEM Education, Majors (Students), Nonmajors
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Prunuske, Amy; Wilson, Janelle; Walls, Melissa; Marrin, Hannah; Clarke, Benjamin – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
With the primary objective of attracting and retaining students from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences, evaluation of one institution's program has been ongoing over the past three years. Interviews with mentors in the program followed by focus groups conducted with mentees reveal key factors that shape undergraduate students' research…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Undergraduate Students, Mentors, Focus Groups
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Loertscher, Jennifer; Green, David; Lewis, Jennifer E.; Lin, Sara; Minderhout, Vicky – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
Threshold concepts (TCs) are concepts that, when mastered, represent a transformed understanding of a discipline without which the learner cannot progress. We have undertaken a process involving more than 75 faculty members and 50 undergraduate students to identify a working list of TCs for biochemistry. The process of identifying TCs for…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Scientific Concepts, Fundamental Concepts, College Faculty
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Prunuske, Amy J.; Wilson, Janelle; Walls, Melissa; Clarke, Benjamin – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
Successfully recruiting students from underrepresented groups to pursue biomedical science research careers continues to be a challenge. Early exposure to scientific research is often cited as a powerful means to attract research scholars with the research mentor being critical in facilitating the development of an individual's science identity…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Mentors, Undergraduate Students, American Indians
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Jensen, Murray; Mattheis, Allison; Johnson, Brady – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2012
Students in an interdisciplinary undergraduate introductory course were required to complete a group video project focused on nutrition and healthy eating. A mixed-methods approach to data collection involved observing and rating video footage of group work sessions and individual and focus group interviews. These data were analyzed and used to…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Introductory Courses, Behavioral Objectives, Focus Groups
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Wright, Robin; Cotner, Sehoya; Winkel, Amy – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2009
Curriculum design assumes that successful completion of prerequisite courses will have a positive impact on student performance in courses that require the prerequisite. We recently had the opportunity to test this assumption concerning the relationship between completion of the organic chemistry prerequisite and performance in introductory…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Grade Point Average, Prerequisites, Organic Chemistry