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Walker, J. D.; Wassenberg, Deena; Franta, Gabriel; Cotner, Sehoya – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Certain scientific conclusions are controversial, in that they are rejected by a substantial proportion of nonscientists despite an overwhelming scientific consensus. Science educators are motivated to help students understand the evidence behind the scientific consensus on these matters and to move students' views into alignment with those held…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Resistance (Psychology), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Scientific Attitudes
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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