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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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Gross, Deborah; Iverson, Ellen; Willett, Gudrun; Manduca, Cathryn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article describes two cohort programs that were used to support students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields at Carleton College. These programs were designed to support three aspects of student development: students' drive to succeed in STEM fields; students' sense of belonging in their student cohorts, in the college, in the STEM…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Sciences, Science Achievement, Science Instruction
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Cotner, Sehoya; Loper, Jessica; Walker, J. D.; Brooks, D. Christopher – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Several institutions have redesigned traditional learning spaces to better realize the potential of active, experiential learning. We compare student performance in traditional and active learning classrooms in a large, introductory biology course using the same syllabus, course goals, exams, and instructor. Using ACT scores as predictive, we…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Classroom Design, Introductory Courses
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Bland, Mark W.; Moore, Randy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
To assess current trends of evolution instruction in high schools of the mid-South, we invited Arkansas high school biology teachers from across the state to respond to a survey designed to address this issue. We also asked students enrolled in a freshman-level, nonmajors biology course at a midsize public Arkansas university to recall their…
Descriptors: Evolution, High Schools, Creationism, Biology
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Van Wylen, David G. L.; Walczak, Mary M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
This study assessed the impact of science teaching laboratories designed with visual connections to spaces outside the laboratory, either to interior spaces or to the outdoors. Specifically, we assessed (1) student perceptions of interdisciplinarity, (2) the ability to stay focused, and (3) the environment for student learning. Student surveys…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Science Laboratories, Peer Teaching, Student Attitudes
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Desy, Elizabeth; Peterson, Scott; Brockman, Vicky – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
Attitudes toward science may develop as early as middle school and often differ between genders. Do these gender-based differences in attitude persist into the college years? In a survey of 376 university students, male students reported a stronger self-concept, more motivation, and more enjoyment of science than did female students, and female…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, College Students, Higher Education, Nonmajors
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Moore, Randy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
In this study, the author examined how attendance in the lab is associated with students' lab grades and overall course grades in an introductory biology course. Results from this study indicate that academic motivation, as expressed by high rates of class attendance, is critical to students' success in introductory science courses. The highest…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Academic Achievement, Attendance, Biology
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Krufka, Alison; Evarts, Susan; Wilson, Chester – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
The case presented in this article is an exploration of the process of natural selection using white clover ("Trifolium repens") as an example. In general, two forms of white clover can be found around the world in various habitats. One type has plain green leaves and the other type produces cyanide as a defense against herbivores and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Case Studies, Plants (Botany), High Schools