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Anna F. DeJarnette; Stephanie M. Rollmann; Dieter F. Vanderelst; John E. Layne; Anna Hutchinson – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Transdisciplinary learning--where students develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to solve open-ended problems--is necessary to prepare students for the most pressing real-world problems. Because transdisciplinary education often requires reimagining the content and design of undergraduate science courses, it can be a challenge for…
Descriptors: Animals, Robotics, Cooperation, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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Quinn, Ethan S.; Sylcott, Brian; Green, Nathaneal T.; Walker, Joi P.; Hughes, Robert M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Although undergraduate research experience has proven to have positive effects on student outcomes, such opportunities are not always widely available. Options can be especially limited for early-career engineering students who have limited research experience. One approach to addressing this issue is to partner engineering instructors with active…
Descriptors: Science Equipment, Computer Peripherals, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Students
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Majka, Elizabeth A.; Bennett, Kyle F.; Sawyer, Thomas P.; Johnson, Jon L.; Guenther, Merrilee F. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) represent an economical and practical way for institutions to equitably offer research experiences to large numbers of students. Although the benefits of CUREs are well documented, most CURE models are not guided by theory and are discipline specific, which limits their application. We used a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Student Experience, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Mark H. Newton – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
A perennial goal of science educators is to develop functional scientific literacy in their students, especially those who will not become professional scientists. This article provides an example of implementing a socioscientific issues approach in an undergraduate environmental science course that enables students to develop the knowledge,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Teachers, Environmental Education, Science and Society
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David C. Owens; Noah P. Sheridan; Amanda L. Townley – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Although argumentation is a critical historical component of scientific literacy, the recent coronavirus pandemic and associated issues have highlighted the importance of argumentation in science practice. Argumentation that aligns with functional scientific literacy requires gathering evidence and reasoning to support or refute claims related to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Persuasive Discourse, Preservice Teachers
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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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Purington, Stephanie; Nieswandt, Martina – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) 4-year program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was designed to promote interdisciplinary STEM collaboration in the solution of real-world problems and encourage student independence and interdependence through a student-centered teaching approach that structures all projects as group…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Science Programs
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Burrow, Lauren E.; Jeffery, Tonya D.; Wuertz, Brian S.; Gull, Shelby J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
This article presents a synopsis of an interdisciplinary literacy-science, cross-country, fully remote service-learning (S-L) project prompted by and executed during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article shares discussions, analyses, and evaluations from both community partners (staff of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Service Learning, Partnerships in Education, Distance Education
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Sengul, Ozden – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
This article aims to explore the experiences of science instructors who are active participants in the design and enactment of an interdisciplinary science course with student-centered pedagogy in a large-enrollment class. The data were collected through interviews with instructors and analyzed using the inductive thematic approach. Results show…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Faculty, Interdisciplinary Approach, Large Group Instruction
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Craig, Erin M.; Galbreath, Sydney; Sorey, Timothy; Ricketson, Derek – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
A growing number of Introductory Physics for Life Sciences courses have been developed to prepare biology, premedicine, and prehealth majors for cross-disciplinary connections between physical principles and biological systems. Many students find it challenging to apply idealized algebra-based general physics to more complex biological systems. A…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Biology, Science Instruction, Metabolism
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Walker, Erica B.; Lazar, Kelly B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Within the context of higher education, the disciplines of science and filmmaking appear disparate, but the importance of storytelling as an integral part of science and research deserves closer examination. Humans have always used stories to share information and convey complex ideas. To those outside science, science communications can be laden…
Descriptors: Student Developed Materials, Science Instruction, Video Technology, Story Telling
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Eslinger, Melissa; Alekseyev, Sydney; Schroeder, Helen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Students must be able to evaluate primary literature, yet few options exist within the undergraduate curriculum to develop the necessary skills. In this article, we offer an adapted journal club that provides students opportunities to critically analyze selected research articles, emphasizing scientific communication, critical thinking, and…
Descriptors: Student Journals, Literature, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Students
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Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Vanderklein, Dirk – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
This article presents ideas and narratives of an experiment on the concept of energy developed for an honors seminar on energy and a mechanics course. We argue that energy is an idea best taught in an interdisciplinary manner. While most physics courses explore ideas such as mechanical energy and conservation of energy, it is imperative that a…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Energy Education, Conservation (Environment), Science Instruction
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Gardner, Margery; Abrams, Neal; McGee, Gregory; Hogan, Elizabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
This article explores results from a 3-year model of laboratory instruction, Project Synapse, that synthesized biology, chemistry, and communication curricula for firstyear science majors at a STEMfocused university. Laboratory biology-chemistry integration was featured at natural intersections where disciplines used similar tools, such as…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, STEM Education, Majors (Students), Biology
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