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Wiggins, Benjamin; Jordt, Hannah; Wingert, Kerri – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
English language learners are increasingly entering classrooms using student-centered instruction that places a greater emphasis on spoken language. While active learning is beneficial for a range of student outcomes, these practices force language learners to carry a heavy cognitive load in a complex and challenging environment. This experiment…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Science Instruction, Active Learning, Difficulty Level
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Freeman, Scott; Pape-Lindstrom, Pamela; Casper, Anne; Eddy, Sarah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
High-structure course designs have reduced achievement gaps for low-income and underrepresented minority students at research universities. But do community college students have time to do the preclass preparation required for intensive active learning, given their work and family commitments? We asked introductory majors biology students at two…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Biology, Majors (Students)
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Dahlberg, Caroline L.; Wiggins, Benjamin L.; Lee, Suzanne R.; Leaf, David S.; Lily, Leah S.; Jordt, Hannah; Johnson, Tiara J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Reflection and recalibration, two key hallmarks of metacognition, are important elements of productive problem solving in scientific research. Often, training in these skills is obtained informally through direct exposure to independent research after college. Although some undergraduate students participate in extra- or co-curricular research…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Problem Solving, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Casper, Anne Marie A.; Woodbury, Jacob M.; Davis, William B.; Offerdahl, Erika G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Recent studies have shown that sorting tasks are a useful tool both for measuring and aiding student learning as well as facilitating the transfer of knowledge to novel contexts. These tasks require students to categorize scenarios or information in new ways that facilitate connection making and deeper understanding. As such, sorting tasks…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Learning Activities, Active Learning
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Borda, Emily J.; Boudreaux, Andrew; Fackler-Adams, Ben; Frazey, Paul; Julin, Sara; Pennington, Gregory; Ogle, Jared – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Passive, lecture-based forms of instruction are often ineffective in helping students develop deep conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Student-centered forms of instruction based in a constructivist framework, where students are guided toward actively constructing their understanding, have been met with greater success. However,…
Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scores
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Smith, Barbara Leigh; Stumpff, Linda Moon; Cole, Robert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
This project provides a unique opportunity for a partnership between two state colleges and two tribal Native American colleges. First, the authors developed a collection of interdisciplinary cases. Second they taught faculty how to teach with cases in the company of stimulating colleagues from various colleges and universities. And last, they did…
Descriptors: State Colleges, American Indians, Tribally Controlled Education, American Indian Education
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Smith, Michelle; Thomas, Katie; Dunham, Maitreya – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Pre/post concept assessment testing is becoming increasingly common in college courses. Instructors use different approaches to give assessments, but few studies have examined how administration differences affect results. Here, we ask if administering a posttest on the final exam differs from administering it on the last day of class with extra…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Teaching Styles, Validity
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Gill, Richard – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
One critical element of increasing science literacy is student engagement. In this article, I report on the impacts of changing an introductory environmental science class to move away from standard lecture delivery and increase student engagement in science. The class was designed around small-group activities, inquiry labs, and substantial use…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Video Technology, Small Group Instruction, Group Activities
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Shrader, John S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1976
Describes efforts by Central Washington State College to take courses and programs to the community thus negating the student on-campus residence requirement. Illustrates the effect of this effort by listing the enrollment figures for some science courses taught off campus. (GS)
Descriptors: College Science, Curriculum Development, Educational Demand, Enrollment