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Wolfson, Adele J.; Armstrong, Justin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
First-Year Seminars (FYS) offer a unique mode of introducing college students to new topics, research practices, and approaches to learning that they may not have been exposed to in high school. In this article, we outline the successes and challenges of team teaching a combined cultural anthropology and biochemistry course on the topic of blood,…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Interdisciplinary Approach, First Year Seminars, Anthropology
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Mahaffey, Angela L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
This article provides two additional mnemonics that can serve to help undergraduate students recall how to apply the rules of writing net ionic equations. These mnemonics were incorporated into dozens of lecture and laboratory class content, which includes hundreds of undergraduate (health professions and physical science major) students. As a…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Lerach, David G.; Yestness, Nissa R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
An in-class case study is presented for use in a liberal arts core extreme weather course, designed to foster science literacy, appreciation, and critical thinking skills in nonscience majors. Students are ultimately shown the critical importance of the physical sciences in their daily lives and encouraged to consider STEM (science, technology,…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Weather, Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking
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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This issue provides a recipe for writing great case studies.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Cooking Instruction, Program Development
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Idsardi, Robert; Hahn, Daniel A.; Bokor, Julie R.; Luft, Julie A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Science faculty are being asked to create active learning experiences that engage students in core concepts and science practices. This article describes an approach to developing active learning lessons from authentic science research projects using the 5E lesson format. Included is a description of the 5Es and a template for creating a 5E…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Active Learning
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Carscadden, Kelly A.; McDermott, Molly T; Turbek, Sheela P.; Tittes, Silas B.; Martin, Andrew P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
We describe a hands-on, collaborative activity designed to illustrate general properties of evolution, provide practice for quantitative skills, promote creativity and collaboration, and enable student self-assessment of learning. During the activity, teams construct bridges using common office supplies. The best-performing bridge becomes the…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Evolution
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Koenig, Kathleen; Wood, Krista E.; Bortner, Larry J.; Bao, Lei – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This article showcases how a physics lab course was successfully redesigned to promote important reasoning abilities not explicitly addressed in the typical college setting. Student development of such abilities is essential for sound decision making, particularly when living in an information age. Essential features of our guiding curricular…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Physics, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking
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Kim, Young Ae; Cox, Jonathan; Southard, Katelyn M.; Elfring, Lisa; Blowers, Paul; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Formative assessment has been shown to be a critical activity for promoting meaningful understanding in the classroom. Systematic engagement in formative assessment helps instructors to develop a clearer picture of where students stand in relation to the learning objectives of the course. However, college instructors teaching large-enrollment STEM…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Lee, Tammy D.; Glass, Bonnie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
National science education documents emphasize new learning outcomes of elementary students; therefore, the preparation of elementary teachers should be revised to meet these challenges. This article describes how science educators at a large southeastern university developed specialized science training for elementary preservice teachers (EPSTs)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Methods Courses
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Kamen, Emma; Leri, Alessandra – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
At our small liberal arts college, we recently introduced a field trip-based course as a requirement for all first-year science majors. This course, entitled "The Urban Ecosystem," explores various aspects of science and technology using our city (New York) as a case study. Beyond its curricular content, the Urban Ecosystem course has…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, STEM Education, Academic Persistence, Field Trips
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Callens, Melissa Vosen; Kelter, Paul; Motschenbacher, Jill; Nyachwaya, James; Ladbury, Jared L.; Semanko, Anna M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Gateways-ND is a 5-year, National Science Foundation-funded effort directed toward three goals: maximizing the instructional effectiveness of postsecondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty by building expertise in learner-focused practice, positively impacting student success in STEM-based "gateway"…
Descriptors: Program Development, Program Implementation, Instructional Effectiveness, STEM Education
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Faulconer, Emily K.; Faulconer, Laura S.; Hanamean, James R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
At first glance, scientific laboratory experiences might appear to be challenging to move to the cloud. Skeptics may point to sensory feedback limitations and inequivalence of student outcomes. However, emerging data increasingly provide evidence that scientific laboratory courses are not only amenable to online learning, but also can deliver…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Curriculum Design
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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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Prud'homme-Généreux, Annie; Gibson, J. Phil; Csikari, Melissa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
"Cases are stories with a message. They are not simply narratives for entertainment. They are stories to educate" (Herreid, 1997, p. 92). By this definition, a case study is two things: a story and a strategy to drive learning. Although the story typically comes from a narrative purposefully written for the classroom, such as the case…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Video Technology
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