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Marshall, Jill A.; Banner, Jay L.; You, Hye Sun – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study investigated the interaction of disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in a team-taught, first-year, interdisciplinary sustainability course. We surveyed (pre/post) both STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and non-STEM majors (N = 241), assessing attitudes and content knowledge. Responses were analyzed using…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, College Freshmen, Team Teaching
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Turner, Ken L., Jr.; Hoffman, Adam R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Engineering design is an ideal perspective for engaging students in college science classes. An engineering design problem-solving framework was used to create a general chemistry lab activity focused on an important environmental issue--dead zones. Dead zones impact over 400 locations around the world and are a result of nutrient pollution, one…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Engineering, Design
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Petrosino, Anthony J.; Mann, Michele J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Although data modeling, the employment of statistical reasoning for the purpose of investigating questions about the world, is central to both mathematics and science, it is rarely emphasized in K-16 instruction. The current work focuses on developing thinking about data modeling with undergraduates in general and preservice teachers in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Data
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Swanson, Lauren; Solorza, Ruben; Fissore, Cinzia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article explores undergraduates' efforts to engage in scientific argumentation during exam settings. Thirteen undergraduate students enrolled in an environmental science course completed exams with questions linked around a central theme. Three types of questions were used, including those that prompted students to construct scientific…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Science Tests, Science Instruction
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Dark, Marta L.; Hylton, Derrick J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article describes a general education course offering, Physics and the Arts. During the development of this course, physics and arts faculty collaborated closely. We cover the usual physics phenomena for such a course--light, color, and sound--in addition to gravity, equilibrium, and spacetime. Goals of the course are to increase students'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Art Education, General Education
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Price, Rebecca M.; Perez, Kathryn E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Improving students' understanding of how science works requires explicit instruction. Here, we test the efficacy of a module based on two previously published activities (the "Cube Puzzle" and the case study "Asteroids and Dinosaurs") that teach how science works to college science majors. Students also use the How Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, College Science
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Deri, Melissa A.; Mills, Pamela; McGregor, Donna – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A flipped classroom is one where students are first introduced to content outside of the classroom. This frees up class time for more active learning strategies and has been shown to enhance student learning in high school and college classrooms. However, many studies in General Chemistry, a college gateway science course, were conducted in small…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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Metzger, Kelsey J.; Smith, Brittany A.; Brown, Ethan; Soneral, Paula A. G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study describes the development and implementation of an iterative diagnostic and intervention routine designed to elicit and quantitatively describe aspects of student metacognition, affect, and study habits in a first-year undergraduate biology course. The Student Metacognition, Affect, and Study Habits (SMASH) inventory is a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Metacognition
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Gow, Joan-Beth; Carpino, Lisa A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Anorexia nervosa is a complex behavioral disorder with the highest risk of death of any psychological disorder. Between 15% and 20% of those suffering from anorexia die from complications that are attributed either directly or indirectly to self-starvation. Heritability for anorexia is around 0.5, meaning about 50% of the risk for anorexia is…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach, Behavior Disorders, Eating Disorders
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Bruck, Laura B.; Bruck, Aaron D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Recruitment and retention in the sciences is both difficult and crucial, especially in the community college setting. In this study, the resources used by General Chemistry I students at two different public, predominantly two-year colleges in two states were studied via surveys for a semester. Data were analyzed with respect to student attitudes…
Descriptors: Study Habits, Chemistry, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Cooper, Katelyn M.; Ashley, Michael; Brownell, Sara E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Summer bridge programs often aim to build social connections for first-year students to ease their transition into college, yet few studies have reported on bridge programs successfully leading to these outcomes. We backward designed a summer bridge program for incoming biology majors to increase the comfort and connections among students and…
Descriptors: Barriers, Teacher Student Relationship, Biology, Summer Programs
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Davenport, Casey E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The "flipped classroom" pedagogical approach is used for a combined undergraduate and graduate computer programming course in meteorology. Details of how the course was flipped are discussed, as well as how student perceptions of the approach, which were gathered from qualitative feedback collected throughout the semester, evolved.…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Wetzel, Laura Reiser; Debure, Kelly R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
In 2012, Eckerd College received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a scholarship program for transfer students majoring in one of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors offered at our institution. This article outlines the motivations for creating the scholarship program, the process used in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, STEM Education, Teacher Role, Scholarships
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Lancor, Rachael; Schiebel, Amy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
In this article we describe a course on science outreach that was developed as part of our college's goal that all students participate in a meaningful community engagement experience. The Science & Community Engagement course provides a way for students with science or science-related majors to learn how to effectively communicate scientific…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Outreach Programs, Service Learning, Learner Engagement
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Barnard, Rachel A.; Boothe, Jordan R.; Salvatore, Joe; Emerson, Kelley; Boone, Allison; Sandler, Claire; Coppola, Brian P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
An institutionalized program of peer-led study groups (PLSG) adds instructional power to our large-enrollment introductory organic chemistry courses. Concomitantly, there is a challenge to keep the instructional philosophy and subject matter coherent with the faculty expectations and goals across this diverse group of undergraduate instructors.…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, College Science, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction
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