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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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Roberts, Jacqueline; Propsom, Pamela; Tobin, William – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A small undergraduate liberal arts college explored a model, grounded in the literature, to develop a shared vision for its science and math general education curriculum that focuses on scientific literacy skills. This process has allowed us to produce shared general education learning goals across our eight science and math departments, conduct…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Liberal Arts, Mathematics Curriculum, Science Curriculum
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McLaughlin, Susan; Petersen, Joan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Many science educators have been incorporating the use of case studies into their teaching. An advantage of using minicase studies is that they can be used at any time throughout the semester to reinforce important topics covered without having to sacrifice a large amount of class time. In this article, the authors present a series of 10 mini-case…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Microbiology, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Yoho, Rachel; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Merrill, John; Haudek, Kevin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The concept of structure and function is a fundamental example of a crosscutting concept found in the educational reform documents in multiple STEM disciplines. However, the terms structure and function are words used in everyday language, and their use in various disciplines may be a source of lexical ambiguity for students. Discipline-specific…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Professional Associations, Ambiguity (Context), Academic Standards
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Harding, Lindsey; Lane, A. Kelly – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The Five Minute Teach (5MT) serves as both a training tool for graduate teaching assistants (TAs) and a format for explicit discipline-based writing instruction. Here the authors describe the development and execution of the 5MT as part of a professional development course for TAs in the sciences. Specifically, the 5MT uses learning objectives and…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Writing Instruction, Teaching Assistants, Training Methods
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Gobbo, Ken; Shmulsky, Solvegi; Bower, Michelle – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative study is to collect the experiential knowledge of 12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty about teaching students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD diagnoses have increased in the last 2 decades, affecting an estimated one in 68. College students with ASD study STEM at higher…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, College Students, Autism
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