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Bahng, E. J.; Hauptman, John; Lowery, Jennifer – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
This article describes and illustrates a physics course for first-year college students whose only knowledge of physics is that they do not like the subject. The physics content is driven entirely by what appears in the daily newspapers and generally covers most physics topics in a semester. This course was structured as a learning community that…
Descriptors: Physics, College Freshmen, Course Descriptions, Newspapers
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Sikand, Monika; Mazzatenta, Claudio; Wong, Keith; Bush, Joseph; Socha, Aaron M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Interdisciplinary education offers a collaborative approach to multifaceted topics, such as environmental sustainability. In this article, we present the conceptual framework and lessons learned from a team-taught course, entitled Sustainability, Energy, and the Green Economy (SEGE). Faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Energy, STEM Education, Grades (Scholastic)
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Forbes, Cory T.; Brozovic, Nicholas; Franz, Trenton E.; Lally, Diane E.; Petitt, Destini N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The most challenging global problems of our age involve coupled human--environmental systems within the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The undergraduate students currently in our classrooms will be tomorrow's global citizens, each of whom must be prepared to understand and reason about these challenges and ultimately make decisions about them in a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Water, Literacy, Decision Making
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Johnson, Amy Flanagan; Graves, Chiron W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
This article details the aim, development, and implementation of the Chemistry-Genetics Course Collaborative (CGCC), a cotaught offering of a human genetics course with an honors introductory chemistry course. The CGCC was formed to fully integrate the two courses, along with the associated chemistry lab, to create an interdisciplinary scientific…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Genetics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Instruction
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Train, Tonya Laakko; Miyamoto, Yuko J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
The ability to effectively communicate science is a skill sought after by graduate and professional schools as well as by employers in science-related fields. Are content-heavy undergraduate science curricula able to incorporate opportunities to develop science communication skills, and is promoting these skills worth the time and effort? The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, College Science, Student Attitudes
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Vlietstra, Lucy S.; Mrakovcich, Karina L.; Futch, Victoria C.; Stutzman, Brooke S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
To develop a context for program-level design decisions pertaining to anthropogenic climate change, the authors studied the prevalence of courses focused on human-induced climate change in undergraduate marine science and environmental science degree programs in the United States. Of the 86 institutions and 125 programs the authors examined, 37%…
Descriptors: Climate, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Marine Education
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Thompson, Meredith M.; Pastorino, Lucia; Lee, Star; Lipton, Paul – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Introductory science courses play a critical role in the recruitment and retention of undergraduate science majors. In particular, first-year courses are opportunities to engage students in scientific practices and motivate them to consider scientific careers. We developed an introductory course using a semester-long series of established…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence
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Colton, Jared Sterling; Surasinghe, Thilina Dilan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Writing has an important role in science education and practice. Emphasizing the interdisciplinary collaboration between English rhetoric studies and biology, seemingly disparate disciplines, we describe a model for a scientific writing and communication course. The goals of the course were to prepare students for science-oriented careers, as well…
Descriptors: English, Biology, Scientific Methodology, Technical Writing
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Gonzalez, Beatriz Y. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Traditional lecturing has been shown again and again to be a less effective teaching method regarding student engagement and promotion in the sciences. Studies that compare different teaching methods often face limitations because, over time, courses are either substantially changed and/or are taught by different instructors. This article presents…
Descriptors: Biology, Blended Learning, Lecture Method, Teaching Methods
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Lega, Joceline C.; Buxner, Sanlyn; Blonder, Benjamin; Tama, Florence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
We describe a third-year undergraduate course that focuses on multiscale modeling and protein folding and has as its primary goal the encouragement of students to integrate thinking across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. The ability to perform innovative and successful research work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Science Activities, Science Education, Undergraduate Students
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Wolfe, Benjamin A.; Martin, Todd C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Interdisciplinary field study courses at 2-year colleges can provide an opportunity to enhance student learning. The authors present here an 11-day interdisciplinary field-study course designed for nonscience majors at a 2-year college. Using a theoretical learning framework that emphasizes cognitive and metacognitive gains, the field study…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Two Year Colleges, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design
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Diener, Lynn M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article presents a case study regarding healthy weight loss and the role of the hormone ghrelin in maintaining a lower body weight. This study was designed specifically for use in an introductory college-level physiology course. It addresses the use of the case study in teaching digestion and metabolism, exploring the role of hormones in…
Descriptors: Body Weight, Case Studies, Physiology, Introductory Courses
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Lysne, Steven J.; Miller, Brant G.; Eitel, Karla Bradley – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Successfully engaging students with a community college's introductory biology curriculum is a challenging endeavor. Students have numerous distractions competing with faculty for their attention. Traditional presentation of information may leave students longing for something more engaging to do, and the place where most college-level instruction…
Descriptors: Biology, Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Community Colleges
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Birol, Gülnur; Han, Andrea; Welsh, Ashley; Fox, Joanne – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
We designed and implemented a first-year seminar in science course at the University of British Columbia to allow students to develop and improve their scientific writing and argumentation skills. To evaluate the efficacy of the course, we examined the progression that students made between the beginning and the end of the course as assessed by…
Descriptors: Student Writing Models, College Science, Writing Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Kloser, Matthew J.; Brownell, Sara E.; Shavelson, Richard J.; Fukami, Tadashi – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Undergraduate biology lab courses have long been criticized for engaging students in "cookbook" experiences in which students follow a given protocol to collect data that help answer a predetermined question. Recent reform documents in biology education have suggested that students should engage in lab courses that provide more authentic…
Descriptors: Ecology, Laboratory Experiments, Learning Experience, Introductory Courses
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