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Gabriella Fluhler-Thornburg; John McKillip – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Laboratory learning in the life sciences is historically centered around following recipe-like instructions to complete activities with defined outcomes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Vision and Change" report has called for a change in science teaching. The report emphasizes the importance of providing…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Science Laboratories, Biological Sciences
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Puttick, Gillian M.; Drayton, Brian; Silva, Christina – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
In this study, we analyzed the literature on teaching or learning on a topic in Earth science, environmental science, or climate change between 1995 and 2017. We investigated the length of the intervention, intervention setting and instructional level, instructional purpose, pedagogical framing and pedagogical methods (including what materials and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Earth Science, Environmental Education, Climate
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Sloane, Jeremy David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Primary literature--consisting of novel peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings--has been associated with several positive outcomes for students within undergraduate science courses. Primary literature is the principal method of written scientific communication and emphasizes the development of scientific knowledge. It also provides a…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Outcomes of Education
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Shekhar, Prateek; Borrego, Maura; DeMonbrun, Matt; Finelli, Cynthia; Crockett, Caroline; Nguyen, Kevin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Recent research has supported the use of student-centered teaching practices, such as active learning, because of its effectiveness in improving student learning and retention when compared with traditional, lecture-based teaching practices. Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of active learning in improving STEM undergraduate education,…
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, Student Reaction, Active Learning, STEM Education
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Roseler, Katrina; Paul, Cassandra A.; Felton, Mark; Theisen, Cara H. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Although research findings support elevated learning outcomes for students who engage in active science learning, faculty members are still resistant to using these practices. In this article we describe the observable features found in 17 evidence-based, active, science instructional practices to address the discrepancy between the effectiveness…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Practices, Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice
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Sadler, Troy D.; McKinney, Lyle – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Engaging students in authentic scientific research has become an important component of undergraduate science education at many institutions. The purpose of this paper is to explore authentic research experiences as contexts for learning. The authors review empirical studies of undergraduate research experiences in order to critically evaluate the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Education, Epistemology
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Provides a listing of recently published books on problem solving and life skills. Reviews articles and ideas related to the teaching of problem solving. Discusses the instructional implications of research in cognitive psychology. (ML)
Descriptors: Book Reviews, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Improvement
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Stollberg, Robert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1980
Relates the impressions of science education gained by a physics professor visiting the People's Republic of China. Observations from two universities in Beijing and Wuhan provide information regarding departmental organization, general teacher preparation, preuniversity education, science teacher preparation, specific physics departments, applied…
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Physics, Preservice Teacher Education
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Kerns, Tim – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1996
Reviews the general literature on cooperative learning in science at both the secondary and postsecondary level and the use of cooperative learning in the college chemistry laboratory. Discusses the use of cooperative learning with other instructional techniques such as the use of computers, multimedia, and inquiry-based instruction. (JRH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Educational Strategies
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Described are ideas for the development of problem solving in the context of chemistry. Strategies for improving students' problem solving abilities are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Chemistry, College Science, Critical Thinking
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Reported are highlights of a workshop related to the geosciences sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Discussions include recommendations for the NSF's undergraduate education programs including support for individual students, laboratory activities, faculty enhancement, curriculum, courses, and underrepresented groups. Precollege…
Descriptors: College Science, Disabilities, Earth Science, Educational Improvement
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Rettig, Terrence W.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Reviewed are six programs at different colleges and universities which provide research opportunities for undergraduate students in physics, astronomy, marine biology, meteorology, and anthropology. Background, features, and accomplishments of the programs are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, College Science
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Presented are the highlights and an analysis of The Neal Report on undergraduate science education. Included are an overview of the report and discussions and recommendations on laboratories; curriculum; industry/academic coupling; centers for instructional research and development; faculty exchange; teaching internships; and undergraduate women,…
Descriptors: College Science, Disabilities, Educational Improvement, Faculty
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Leonard, William H. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Summarizes research on inquiry and investigative strategies for teaching laboratory science. Concludes that meaningful laboratory instruction is distinguished by: student engagement in science inquiry processes, student manipulation of experimental materials, and the experiential teaching of specific scientific concepts. (RT)
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Research, Inquiry, Laboratory Procedures
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Hamilton, Michael S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes research conducted on the organization of information from many disciplines to teach social issues raised by nuclear technology. States that the social sciences provided the organizational base for most courses examined, courses emphasized moral responsibility and political choice, and syllabi emphasized technological, strategic, and…
Descriptors: College Science, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Global Approach, Higher Education
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