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Dansereau, David; Carmichael, L. E.; Hotson, Brian – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
An important foundational skill developed in an undergraduate science program is the ability to find, critically evaluate, and communicate scientific information. Effective science communication depends on good writing; therefore, we leveraged student support services offered by the Writing Centre and Academic Communications, in conjunction with…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Writing Skills, Content Area Writing, Biology
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Weiss, David J.; McGuire, Patrick; Clouse, Wendi; Sandoval, Raphael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Studies on the effectiveness of clickers in undergraduate chemistry courses are mixed, and there is disagreement on how to effectively leverage clickers to improve student learning performance. To fill a gap in the research, we analyzed three different teaching strategies (two involving clickers) in a General Chemistry I course over a 13-year time…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Audience Response Systems
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Moore, Virginia J.; Prewitt, Elizabeth Mitchell; Carpenter-McCullough, Amber Jean; Whitworth, Brooke A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
With an overwhelming amount of research and a demand for collaborative learning in the classroom, teachers are tackling challenges at all educational levels that often accompany the social aspects of group work. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an instructional sequence that shifts instruction from teacher lecture to small-group learning. Through the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Beckerson, William C.; Anderson, Jennifer O.; Perpich, John D.; Yoder-Himes, Debbie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
With calls to reassess higher education teaching methods, active learning practices have quickly become a popular alternative to traditional lectures, especially in STEM courses that traditionally rely heavily on large-lecture formats. In this regard, active learning environments stand to better prepare students for life after college; however,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Personality Traits, Student Characteristics, Extraversion Introversion
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Stover, Shawn; Mabry, Michelle – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Social media platforms and other internet sites may propagate inaccurate or misleading information. This misinformation encourages speculation, rumors, and mistrust in established science. In the current study, we attempted to determine whether biology and environmental science students at a small college are able to transfer their critical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Class Rank, Evaluative Thinking
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Grossman, Gary D.; Simon, Troy N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
We quantified student perceptions of an active learning exercise, based on open-educational video resources, in both a first-year seminar class (Natural Environment of Athens and Georgia, three sections), and a larger lecture class (Natural History of Georgia [FANR 1200, two sections), designed for nonscience majors. Evaluation of STEM pedagogical…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Open Educational Resources, Video Technology, Active Learning
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Long, Margaret; Cottrell-Yongye, Adrienne; Huynh, Tyler – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Gwinnett Technical College (GTC), established in 1984, is the second-largest technical college in Georgia. As a two-year open-access college, GTC and other technical and community colleges are significant in educating STEM and nonSTEM majors in the scientific process and scientific literacy. To increase the success of students enrolled in…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Vocational Schools, Nonmajors, Biology
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Kaya, Erdogan; Newley, Anna; Yesilyurt, Ezgi; Deniz, Hasan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), assessing K-12 science teachers' self-efficacy in Computational Thinking (CT) is an important research gap to study. Bandura defines self-efficacy as awareness of the individual's potential and capabilities to accomplish a goal. Teaching efficacy beliefs is a significant identifier…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Computation, Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers
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Purtell, Alicia; Talbot, Robert; Moore, Michael E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Learning Assistants (LAs) help students develop a deeper understanding of content and are particularly effective during active learning instruction. A foundational pillar of the LA model is the LA pedagogy course, which teaches LAs about evidence-based instruction and about how students learn (Otero et al., 2010). From LA survey responses, this…
Descriptors: Barriers, Learner Engagement, Interaction, Classroom Environment
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Briggs, Michael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Many methods have been developed for managing groups in active learning classes, but little research has been done on the effect of group structure itself. Results are presented for an active learning physics class in which half of the class was placed in academically homogeneous groups while the other half was in heterogeneous groups. Students…
Descriptors: Homogeneous Grouping, Heterogeneous Grouping, Active Learning, Physics
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Bank, Carl-Georg; Daxberger, Heidi – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Concept maps make connections between ideas apparent, and thus would seem ideally suited to demonstrate learning. Yet, they are not widely used by instructors, particularly in large university classes. In this paper we review the strengths and rationale behind concept maps and provide examples we have used to structure content for one of our…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Introductory Courses, Science Education, Student Evaluation
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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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Fisher, Emily; Arens, Nan Crystal – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Individuals use information selectively, in ways that support group beliefs or one's psychological needs--this is motivated reasoning. Motivated reasoning is revealed in correlations between (1) opinions/knowledge and (2) individual cognitive preferences, such as need for closure, belief in a just world, and authoritarianism. We ask whether…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Climate, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level
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Trawick, Cynthia; Monroe-White, Thema; Tola, Jigsa A.; Clayton, Jamie P.; Haynes, J. K. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
This study explores the pathways to K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics instruction among Black/African American males in the Discovery Research Education for African American Men in STEM to Teach (DREAMS to Teach) program at Morehouse College, a Historically Black College and University located in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia.…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, African American Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Males
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Kinskey, Melanie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
There has been a focus on improving teachers' views of nature of science for decades. The method in which researchers improve views of nature of science, however, varies greatly. This study aimed to improve elementary preservice teachers' views of nature of science and nature of science instruction through a course assignment that required the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Speech Skills, Listening Skills, Writing Skills
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