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Nogaj, Luiza A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article describes the conversion of a lecture-based molecular biology course into an active learning environment in a studio classroom. Specific assignments and activities are provided as examples. The goal of these activities is to involve students in collaborative learning, teach them how to participate in the learning process, and give…
Descriptors: College Science, Active Learning, Molecular Biology, Science Instruction
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Fields, Lawrence D.; Hawkes, Stephen J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Addresses the principles and problems associated with the use of significant figures. Explains uncertainty, the meaning of significant figures, the Simple Rule, the Three Rule, and the 1-5 Rule. Also provides examples of the Rules. (ML)
Descriptors: College Science, Computation, Higher Education, Mathematical Formulas
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Adams, David L.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes a college-level course designed to increase students' scientific, technological, and ethical literacy. The course has no prerequisites and satisfies either a science or humanities elective. Course content and teaching methodology are included. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Ethics, Higher Education
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Walgren, Doug – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1982
Congressman Doug Walgren (D-PA) comments on various issues related to science and engineering education, suggesting that there is a major deterioration for the entire educational enterprise, particularly in the technical areas. Focuses on National Science Foundation (NSF) programs, funding, and current legislative recommendations. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
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Wilk, I. J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Indicates that action is better than reaction and prevention better than treatment in the proper use of chemicals and in the proper dissemination of information about them. Suggests that those working with chemicals and those reporting on them in the media need to work cooperatively. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cooperation, Health, News Media
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Tenney, Agnes – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1983
Examines validity of assumption that women and other under-representative groups in science have an edge in being hired and advanced, discussing academia's "tract record" and obstacles to full participation. Indicates that although advances have been made, inequities persist after hiring, such as in salaries. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Science, Employed Women, Employment Practices
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Good teaching highlights underlying connections between creation and dissemination of knowledge. Analysis of successful biology departments for underlying themes in improving undergraduate education led to the following conclusions: the best kind of teaching is one-on-one; change must be firmly grounded at the departmental or programmatic level;…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Biology, College Science, Collegiality
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Wilcox, Kimerly J.; Jensen, Murray S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Poses some questions and practical answers to help teachers and students use computers effectively in science classes. Sample questions include: Does the increased use of computers in classrooms inhibit any student's progress toward scientific literacy? How do males and females respond differently to computer use in science classrooms? and How can…
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Cultural Differences
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Maret, Timothy J.; Ziemba, Robert E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Suggests that early in their education students be taught to use basic statistical tests as rigorous methods of comparing experimental results with scientific hypotheses. Stresses that students learn how to use statistical tests in hypothesis-testing by applying them in actual hypothesis-testing situations. To illustrate, uses questions such as…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Curriculum Evaluation, Higher Education
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Cases are stories that are meant to educate. Teachers can deliver cases by lecture, through Socratic questioning, through discussion leading, and in small group learning. Some cases are fact driven and deductive, whereas others are context driven. Science appears to demand closed-ended cases with correct answers; however, in frontier science,…
Descriptors: Business Education, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Decision Making Skills, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Didion, Catherine Jay – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), in conjunction with the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE), published a report card on how women have fared over the past 25 years since the passage of Title IX. The report card gave mathematics and science a C+. Recommends ways of encouraging active participation of women in…
Descriptors: Civil Rights Legislation, Classroom Techniques, Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education
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McIntosh, William J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1996
Discusses the use of the content, teaching, and assessment standards of the National Science Education Standards in planning course changes in a physical science course for nonmajors at the university level. (JRH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Change, Higher Education, National Curriculum
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Gemery, Laura – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1992
Describes the rationale and purpose of the Yellowstone Institute, an educational facility that offers short field courses to professional adults about the greater Yellowstone area as one of the last remaining intact wilderness ecosystems in the world. Contact information concerning the course catalog is provided. (JJK)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Ecology, Environmental Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Brahmia, Suzanne; Etkina, Eugenia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2001
Discusses methods for addressing at-risk factors in introductory physics and how they can be implemented. Offers recommendations for creating an effective program within the structure of a research university. (MM)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Physics