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Stephanie Jeffries – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Most introductory courses in environmental science are large, lecture-style general education classes. North Carolina State University's ES 100 is no exception, enrolling between 200 and 300 students and holding class meetings in the campus cinema. A key underlying learning objective, however, is to teach students that science is the pathway to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Service Learning, Introductory Courses
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Ayesha S. Boyce; Cherie Avent; Adeyemo Adetogun; Christopher Hall; Lynn Sametz; P. Lee Phillips; Amelia Kane; Jeffrey Patton; Kimberly Petersen; Malcolm Schug – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Since 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF)--funded Science, Technology, and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) project has provided financial and community support for undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in STEM majors. In this article, the authors explore the impact of STAMPS on how cohorts…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Self Concept, Sense of Community, STEM Education
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Burrow, Lauren E.; Jeffery, Tonya D.; Wuertz, Brian S.; Gull, Shelby J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
This article presents a synopsis of an interdisciplinary literacy-science, cross-country, fully remote service-learning (S-L) project prompted by and executed during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article shares discussions, analyses, and evaluations from both community partners (staff of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Service Learning, Partnerships in Education, Distance Education
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McGee, Jennifer; Tashakkori, Rahman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
The purpose of this study was to investigate sense of community (SOC) within a STEM learning community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The STEM learning community that was the setting for this study is funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM grant. A mixed methods design was used to investigate levels of SOC and changes in SOC from…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Sense of Community, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Kinner, David; Lord, Mark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Participation in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) allows students greater and equitable access to the high-impact practice, especially in the STEM disciplines. In a National Science Foundation-sponsored project, small groups of students completed authentic research projects in eight introductory to upper level geoscience…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, College Science
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Coker, Jeffrey Scott – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Despite numerous calls for science education to be driven by authentic investigation, many laboratory experiences continue to consist of disconnected weekly units during which students carry out instructions that lead to some predetermined finding. This study developed and evaluated a pedagogical design for introductory biology labs where students…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments, Student Projects
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Wiggen, Jennifer; McDonnell, David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
A series of short (5 to 7 minutes long) geoscience videos were created to support student learning in a flipped class setting for an introductory geology class at North Carolina State University. Videos were made using a stylus, tablet, microphone, and video editing software. Essentially, we narrate a slide, sketch a diagram, or explain a figure…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Video Technology, Homework, Teaching Methods
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Train, Tonya Laakko; Miyamoto, Yuko J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
The ability to effectively communicate science is a skill sought after by graduate and professional schools as well as by employers in science-related fields. Are content-heavy undergraduate science curricula able to incorporate opportunities to develop science communication skills, and is promoting these skills worth the time and effort? The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, College Science, Student Attitudes
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Hippensteel, Scott P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Reading materials used in undergraduate science classes have not received the same attention in the literature as those used in secondary schools. Additionally, reports critical of college textbooks and their prose are common. To assess both problems and determine the readability of assignments and texts used by geoscience faculty at the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Content
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Train, Tonya Laakko; Gammon, David E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Science Without Borders is a unique interdisciplinary science course that uses group and active-learning strategies and is in high demand among nonscience majors at a masters-level university. Registrar data showed that nonscience majors were far more likely to choose this course compared with other, discipline-based science courses. In an…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Learning Strategies, Educational Change, Science Curriculum
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Kosal, Erica; Lawrence, Carol; Austin, Rodney – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
An interdisciplinary and context-driven course focused on global water issues was developed and taught at the college level. Students designed a semester-long research project, collected and analyzed data, and ultimately presented their results and conclusions to the larger community. As a result of the course, students' science literacy improved…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Integrated Curriculum, Biology
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Reynolds, Julie A.; Ahern-Dodson, Jennifer – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Research service-learning (RSL) is an emerging pedagogy in which students engage in research within a service-learning context. This approach has great potential to promote science literacy because it teaches students how to use scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking in the service of society and helps them to better appreciate the…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Service Learning, Scientific Research, Student Research
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Annetta, Leonard; Klesath, Marta; Meyer, John – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
A 3-D virtual field trip was integrated into an online college entomology course and developed as a trial for the possible incorporation of future virtual environments to supplement online higher education laboratories. This article provides an explanation of the rationale behind creating the virtual experience, the Bug Farm; the method and…
Descriptors: Entomology, Virtual Classrooms, Science Instruction, Online Courses
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Price, Rebecca M.; Rosypal, Alexa C.; Kern, Britt; Powell, Traci – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
This paper describes a one-and-a-half day Distinguished Scholar Symposium during which undergraduate underrepresented minorities (URMs) from nearby schools visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) to learn about advanced degree programs in the biological sciences. The symposium created an environment that inspired URMs to…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Science Programs, Community Colleges, Biological Sciences
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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
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