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Shellito, Cindy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Students in introductory college science courses often have a simplified understanding of the scientific method. To introduce students to the complexity of the scientific process and the value of empirical observations, I implemented a semester-long assignment that required introductory-level college science students to build and calibrate weather…
Descriptors: Weather, College Science, Measurement Equipment, Science Equipment
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Alter, S. Elizabeth; Gafney, Leo – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
The last decade has seen an explosion of new pedagogical programs, modules, and curricula in undergraduate STEM courses. Despite the importance of effective dissemination in spreading such programs to a broader community of users, relatively little attention is typically given to the needs of potential adopters. In this paper, we build on previous…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Information Dissemination
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He, Yunteng – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Although making errors in the learning process is common, it is usually perceived by students as something negative and a potential threat to self-esteem. Such perception often prevents students from considering errors as learning opportunities. By using errors as integral elements of the learning process within the science classrooms, and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Science Instruction, Learning Processes
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Garlick, Jonathan; Bergom, Inger; Soisson, Annie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
An interdisciplinary group of faculty members from Tufts University developed an undergraduate civic science course designed to help students better understand and interpret the broad, sociocultural impacts of science. The course teaches principles of civic science and was designed around four facets of learning. These facets lay groundwork for…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Program Evaluation, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Farah, Kimberly S.; Montepare, Joann M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Our population is aging, calling for communities to be more age friendly and younger individuals to be more aware of aging issues that will impact their personal and professional lives. However, colleges provide few opportunities for students to prepare themselves for a more age-diverse world. Drawing on a new general education core curriculum…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Aging (Individuals)
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Wood, Philip Matchett; Bhute, Vijesh – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Online software systems are extensively used to give students practice on course content, especially in mathematics and physics courses. They offer instant feedback, and several of these systems are open source or very economical compared with hiring graders for traditional paper-and-pencil-based homework (PPH). In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Homework, Probability, Comparative Analysis
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Klemm, W. R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Instead of flipping a conventional college course, here we consider flipping part of a conventional course into a whole new course. The idea tested here for three semesters was to split a full-featured traditional course into two linked courses: a condensed, 1-credit-hour, online mass-enrollment course on core ideas and skills paired with a…
Descriptors: Paired Associate Learning, College Instruction, Online Courses, Introductory Courses
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Chang, Jen-Mei; Kwon, Chuhee; Stevens, Lora; Buonora, Paul – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article presents implementation details and findings of a National Science Foundation Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) consisting of many high-impact practices to recruit and retain students in the physical sciences and mathematics programs, particularly first-generation and underrepresented…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Recruitment, Academic Persistence, Physical Sciences
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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Chiu, Jennie L.; Grisham, Charles M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article explores how integrating computational tools into a general chemistry laboratory course can influence student perceptions of programming and investigates relationships among student perceptions, prior experience, and student outcomes.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Student Attitudes, Computation
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Ellerton, Sharon; Carmona, Naydu; Tsimounis, Areti – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
There is an urgent need to increase K-12 science knowledge and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) preparedness for college. State and national data suggest a strong correlation between student performance in STEM subjects and student socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. Queensborough Community College (QCC) is situated…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Honors Curriculum, Service Learning
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Herried, Clyde Freeman; Prud'homme-Genereux, Annie; Schiller, Nancy A.; Herreid, Ky F.; Wright, Carolyn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. In this month's issue the authors provide a more definitive answer to the "What Makes a Good Case?" question based on a just-completed Survey Monkey survey given to NCCSTS teachers.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Online Surveys
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Stover, Shawn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue discusses the value of traditional lecturing.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Lecture Method, Conventional Instruction, Science Instruction
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King, Barbara – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This study examines the within-field persistence rates of physical science/engineering (PS/E) students compared with those of students in life science, business, social science, education, and humanities. The data are drawn from a nationally representative sample of college matriculates and include students' high school and college transcript…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Career Choice, Academic Records
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Vicens, Quentin; Caspersen, Michael E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Despite extensive evidence in favor of student-centered teaching practices over traditional lecturing, most science faculty do not embrace these modes of instruction. Professional development efforts are plentiful, but they can lack in impact or scalability, or both. The factors that determine professional development quality within a research…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Science Teachers
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Metoyer, Sandra K.; Miller, Scott T.; Mount, Jennifer; Westmoreland, Sandra L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Half of students who start college pursuing a degree in science drop out of the sciences by their senior year. This is due, in part, to low attendance and lack of preparation by the students. The failure to develop instructional strategies that actively engage students in science, however, is also a marked factor. A crucial need to reform how…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Instruction, College Students, Academic Persistence
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