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Daniel Zarate; Kathleen Sheahan; Jingchun Li – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Active learning provides students with meaningful and introspective roles in education. However, active learning is difficult to achieve in online class settings, particularly for biology laboratories initially designed to offer direct interactions with live organisms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a transition to online learning was required in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Science Laboratories, Undergraduate Students, Biology
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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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William C. Beckerson; Jennifer Anderson; Siddhesh Kulkarni; John Perpich; Deborah R. Yoder-Himes – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Active learning is the new standard for teaching in higher education. As more faculty seek to expand their teaching practices by including active-learning activities that promote higher levels of learning, many are doing so in small doses by temporarily postponing traditional lectures in favor of group activities. While there is evidence…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Biology, Science Instruction, Thinking Skills
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Stephanie Jeffries – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Most introductory courses in environmental science are large, lecture-style general education classes. North Carolina State University's ES 100 is no exception, enrolling between 200 and 300 students and holding class meetings in the campus cinema. A key underlying learning objective, however, is to teach students that science is the pathway to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Service Learning, Introductory Courses
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R. F. Malenda; S. Talbott; Scott Walck – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
In this article, we discuss Micro Assignment Guided Inquiry and Collaboration (MAGIC), an active learning method that draws on the merits of inquiry-based learning in STEM courses. We describe the use of Micro Assignments (MAs) consisting of a series of short, instructive guiding questions that scaffold the course material. Students work through…
Descriptors: Assignments, Inquiry, Active Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Cook, Kristin; Wheeler, Winn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Many teacher educator preparation programs do not provide opportunities for preservice teachers (PSTs) to experience and examine the use of popular fiction as a connection point to science teaching. This study explores a unit designed to support PSTs in learning and applying core concepts and processes of literacy and science by leveraging a…
Descriptors: Fiction, Popular Culture, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Dhimitruka, Ilirian; Surendran, Geetha – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Project-based learning (PBL) research is shown to improve students' higher-order thinking skills. In this article, we describe an adaptation of the PBL model that is suitable for colleges with limited science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research capabilities. Our objective was to design a meaningful research project requiring minimal…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Organic Chemistry, Laboratory Training
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Grieger, Krystal; Leontyev, Alexey – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
This article describes the implementation of a student-generated open educational resource project into a majors' organic chemistry laboratory. This scaffolded semester-long project was organized into six phases and designed to promote the goals of teaching students about both green chemistry and real-life applications of the reactions covered in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Conservation (Environment), Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry
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Weigel, Emily G.; Angra, Aakanksha – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
In the information age, the acquisition of data literacy skills has become increasingly important for undergraduate student success, yet these skills are not emphasized in the lecture setting. Here we present a study to inspire educators to scaffold graph knowledge and interpretation into their classrooms. Specifically, we sought to understand how…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Active Learning, Animal Behavior, Graphs
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Hilliker, Joby; Shannon Hilliker – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
This article presents a semester-long, interdisciplinary project-based learning (PBL) suitable for secondary and postsecondary students enrolled in a second-semester (i.e., intermediate) meteorology course. This case-study approach builds on the research question "What atmospheric conditions lead to tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds…
Descriptors: Student Research, Student Projects, Active Learning, Meteorology
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Colin Harrison; Clarke Britton; Hannah Shin; Yassin Watson – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Online laboratories can be an effective way to introduce students to lab concepts while providing flexibility, increased access, and reduced costs. However, online labs might lack the authentic research experience that can be gained by doing hands-on lab work. This study explores student perceptions of an online, inquiry-based introductory biology…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Laboratory Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Student Attitudes
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Waters, David; Jilakara, Rahul – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
This study investigates the relationship between study methods and exam performance in introductory physics courses. Data were collected over 3 years through surveys to examine students' study habits, perceived effectiveness of techniques, and the correlation between time allocation and exam grades. Results indicate that high-achieving students…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Tests, Study Habits, Correlation
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Reid, Joshua W.; Weigel, Emily G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Recent reform efforts in postsecondary science teaching have called for shifts in instructional methods to include more evidence-based instructional practices. However, a myriad of factors play a role in whether an instructor adopts these more student-centered methods. One such factor is teaching perspective. In this study, we explored the…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students
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Laidlaw, Clinton Thomas; Bybee, Seth M.; Shumway, Steven; Ogden, Thomas Heath; Peck, Steven; Jensen, Jamie L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Instruction that increases acceptance of evolution is essential to effective biology instruction, but instruction about evolution is not consistently correlated with increased levels of acceptance. Does the pedagogical approach utilized make the difference? Using a curriculum that demonstrably increases evolution acceptance, we compare multiple…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Active Learning, Student Journals, Evolution
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Theisen, Cara H.; Paul, Cassandra A.; Roseler, Katrina – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
The Student Participation Observation Tool (SPOT) is a web-based classroom observation protocol developed for higher education STEM courses and based on research on evidence-based practices. The low-inference and objective nature of the SPOT and visual outputs make it an optimal tool for teaching professional development. The SPOT allows novice…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Student Participation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Web Based Instruction
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