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Breanne A. Kirsch; Theodore Bryan; David Hoferer – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
There is a growing need for college science faculty to teach a diverse group of learners. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework can be used to create inclusive learning materials and activities in the higher education science classroom. A UDL Academy introduced science faculty to the UDL framework, which led to them implementing UDL in…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Science Education, College Faculty, Inclusion
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Minjoon Kouh – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
An introductory physics course may be run like a video game, where students have an almost unlimited number of attempts to demonstrate their competencies through a sequence of zero-penalty assessments until the end of a semester. Each checkpoint is conducted as a 10-minute, one-on-one oral interview with the instructor, and students are not…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Science Education, Pacing
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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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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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Goolsby-Cole, Cody; Bass, Sarah M.; Stanwyck, Liz; Leupen, Sarah; Carpenter, Tara S.; Hodges, Linda C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
During the pandemic, the use of question pools for online testing was recommended to mitigate cheating, exposing multitudes of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students across the globe to this practice. Yet instructors may be unfamiliar with the ways that seemingly small changes between questions in a pool can expose…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Cheating, STEM Education
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Corey Shanbrom; Michelle Norris; Caitlin Esgana; Matthew Krauel; Vincent Pigno; Jennifer Lundmark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program at Sacramento State was established in 2012 with one section supporting introductory chemistry. The program now serves 17 courses with high rates of students who receive a D or an F or withdraw (DFW) from the course in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics; the program enrolls…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
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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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van Zee, Emily; Gire, Elizabeth; Hahn, Kelby T.; Belden, Mackenzie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Sessions of our laboratory-based physics course have been "meeting" synchronously online instead of on campus due to the pandemic. Shifting to remote instruction prompted us to create online versions of the course. In the unit on global climate change, for example, we continued engaging students in documenting their initial and evolving…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Formative Evaluation, Sense of Community
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Toro, Stephanie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Self-regulated learning (SRL) is the metacognitive aspect of learning that goes beyond learning content and skills. With SRL, students are aware of their content understanding and learning progress and use advanced thinking skills to create goals and improve their academic achievement. In this action research, SRL strategies were integrated into…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Metacognition, College Science
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Borda, Emily; Haskell, Todd; Todd, Andrew – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
We propose cross-disciplinary learning as a construct that can guide instruction and assessment in programs that feature sequential learning across multiple science disciplines. Crossdisciplinary learning combines insights from interdisciplinary learning, transfer, and resources frameworks and highlights the processes of resource activation,…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Multiple Choice Tests, Protocol Analysis, Evaluation Methods
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Sengul, Ozden – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
This article is prepared as part of a "Practice Teaching in Science" course of a teacher education program aiming for developing prospective science teachers' teaching through inquiry-based instruction involving practices of science and active learning strategies. During the semester, student teachers are required to prepare four…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Learning Strategies
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Wallace, Colin S.; Prather, Edward E.; Milsom, John A.; Johns, Ken; Manne, Srin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
In this paper we put forth a model for physics course reform that uniquely uses proven, research-based active-learning strategies to help students improve their physics knowledge and problem-solving skills. In this study, we compared the exam performance of students in two sections of the same introductory physics course. One section (the…
Descriptors: Novices, College Faculty, Experienced Teachers, Active Learning
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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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Begg, Meredith; Pierce, Robyn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Symbols are a cornerstone of the written language of physics and mathematics but inconsistencies in their use pose a challenge to students. This article reports on interviews held with first-year undergraduate physics students, focused on their early experiences with symbols in university physics. Students reported being confused by the symbolic…
Descriptors: Physics, Symbols (Mathematics), Mathematical Concepts, Scientific Concepts
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Sengul, Ozden; Schwartz, Renee – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
A physics laboratory instructor used action research to effectively implement a 5E instructional approach, which incorporated scientific practices. The instructor explored how to integrate the instructional approach into practice, challenges present in the implementation, and students' learning experiences. The data were collected during three…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Physics
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