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Dansereau, David; Carmichael, L. E.; Hotson, Brian – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
An important foundational skill developed in an undergraduate science program is the ability to find, critically evaluate, and communicate scientific information. Effective science communication depends on good writing; therefore, we leveraged student support services offered by the Writing Centre and Academic Communications, in conjunction with…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Writing Skills, Content Area Writing, Biology
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Weiss, David J.; McGuire, Patrick; Clouse, Wendi; Sandoval, Raphael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Studies on the effectiveness of clickers in undergraduate chemistry courses are mixed, and there is disagreement on how to effectively leverage clickers to improve student learning performance. To fill a gap in the research, we analyzed three different teaching strategies (two involving clickers) in a General Chemistry I course over a 13-year time…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Audience Response Systems
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Moore, Virginia J.; Prewitt, Elizabeth Mitchell; Carpenter-McCullough, Amber Jean; Whitworth, Brooke A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
With an overwhelming amount of research and a demand for collaborative learning in the classroom, teachers are tackling challenges at all educational levels that often accompany the social aspects of group work. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an instructional sequence that shifts instruction from teacher lecture to small-group learning. Through the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Shellito, Cindy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Students in introductory college science courses often have a simplified understanding of the scientific method. To introduce students to the complexity of the scientific process and the value of empirical observations, I implemented a semester-long assignment that required introductory-level college science students to build and calibrate weather…
Descriptors: Weather, College Science, Measurement Equipment, Science Equipment
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Wolfson, Adele J.; Armstrong, Justin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
First-Year Seminars (FYS) offer a unique mode of introducing college students to new topics, research practices, and approaches to learning that they may not have been exposed to in high school. In this article, we outline the successes and challenges of team teaching a combined cultural anthropology and biochemistry course on the topic of blood,…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Interdisciplinary Approach, First Year Seminars, Anthropology
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Mahaffey, Angela L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
This article provides two additional mnemonics that can serve to help undergraduate students recall how to apply the rules of writing net ionic equations. These mnemonics were incorporated into dozens of lecture and laboratory class content, which includes hundreds of undergraduate (health professions and physical science major) students. As a…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Beckerson, William C.; Anderson, Jennifer O.; Perpich, John D.; Yoder-Himes, Debbie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
With calls to reassess higher education teaching methods, active learning practices have quickly become a popular alternative to traditional lectures, especially in STEM courses that traditionally rely heavily on large-lecture formats. In this regard, active learning environments stand to better prepare students for life after college; however,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Personality Traits, Student Characteristics, Extraversion Introversion
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Stover, Shawn; Mabry, Michelle – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Social media platforms and other internet sites may propagate inaccurate or misleading information. This misinformation encourages speculation, rumors, and mistrust in established science. In the current study, we attempted to determine whether biology and environmental science students at a small college are able to transfer their critical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Class Rank, Evaluative Thinking
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Smith-Peavler, Emily; Gardner, Grant E.; Otter, Ryan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Visual representations of physical and natural phenomena are important components of the teaching and learning of biology. In current undergraduate biology classrooms, visual representations are most often provided to students on PowerPoint slides. This study focuses on the use of, and perceptions about, PowerPoint in undergraduate introductory…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Farah, Kimberly S.; Montepare, Joann M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Our population is aging, calling for communities to be more age friendly and younger individuals to be more aware of aging issues that will impact their personal and professional lives. However, colleges provide few opportunities for students to prepare themselves for a more age-diverse world. Drawing on a new general education core curriculum…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Aging (Individuals)
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Brigati, Jennifer; England, Benjamin J.; Schussler, Elisabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
In response to STEM education reform efforts, many instructors have incorporated active learning into their courses. However, the relationship between instructor justification to students about the use of active learning and student perception of why instructors use active learning is largely unknown. To investigate instructor active learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, College Science
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Lerach, David G.; Yestness, Nissa R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
An in-class case study is presented for use in a liberal arts core extreme weather course, designed to foster science literacy, appreciation, and critical thinking skills in nonscience majors. Students are ultimately shown the critical importance of the physical sciences in their daily lives and encouraged to consider STEM (science, technology,…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Weather, Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking
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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Huffmyer, Ariana S.; Lemus, Judith D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Student experience and achievement in undergraduate science courses is important for degree retention and generating interest in careers in STEM. Graduate student teaching assistants (GTAs) provide a majority of instruction in STEM laboratory courses at universities and play a critical role in the educational experience of students. Many GTAs…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This issue provides a recipe for writing great case studies.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Cooking Instruction, Program Development
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