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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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Mahaffey, Angela L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
This article provides two additional mnemonics that can serve to help undergraduate students recall how to apply the rules of writing net ionic equations. These mnemonics were incorporated into dozens of lecture and laboratory class content, which includes hundreds of undergraduate (health professions and physical science major) students. As a…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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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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Smith-Peavler, Emily; Gardner, Grant E.; Otter, Ryan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Visual representations of physical and natural phenomena are important components of the teaching and learning of biology. In current undergraduate biology classrooms, visual representations are most often provided to students on PowerPoint slides. This study focuses on the use of, and perceptions about, PowerPoint in undergraduate introductory…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Farah, Kimberly S.; Montepare, Joann M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Our population is aging, calling for communities to be more age friendly and younger individuals to be more aware of aging issues that will impact their personal and professional lives. However, colleges provide few opportunities for students to prepare themselves for a more age-diverse world. Drawing on a new general education core curriculum…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Aging (Individuals)
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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Huffmyer, Ariana S.; Lemus, Judith D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Student experience and achievement in undergraduate science courses is important for degree retention and generating interest in careers in STEM. Graduate student teaching assistants (GTAs) provide a majority of instruction in STEM laboratory courses at universities and play a critical role in the educational experience of students. Many GTAs…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students
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Moy, Magdalene K.; Hammrich, Penny L.; Kabnick, Karen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
As undergraduate institutions rely more heavily on teaching assistants (TAs) they are simultaneously encouraging implementation of course-based research experiences (CBREs). Due to the dynamic nature of CBREs, it is challenging to assign novice TAs to instruct these types of classes. A 10-week CBRE was designed to guide both TAs and their students…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Training
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Idsardi, Robert; Hahn, Daniel A.; Bokor, Julie R.; Luft, Julie A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Science faculty are being asked to create active learning experiences that engage students in core concepts and science practices. This article describes an approach to developing active learning lessons from authentic science research projects using the 5E lesson format. Included is a description of the 5Es and a template for creating a 5E…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Active Learning
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Kim, Young Ae; Cox, Jonathan; Southard, Katelyn M.; Elfring, Lisa; Blowers, Paul; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Formative assessment has been shown to be a critical activity for promoting meaningful understanding in the classroom. Systematic engagement in formative assessment helps instructors to develop a clearer picture of where students stand in relation to the learning objectives of the course. However, college instructors teaching large-enrollment STEM…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Co, Elizabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Critical thinking skills are sought after in the workforce and are often included in course, departmental, and programmatic learning objectives. However, in the curriculum of many courses we tend to focus on content rather than on fostering the growth of the cognitive skills needed to improve critical thinking ability. Further, skills are…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Critical Thinking, Lecture Method, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Chavarga, Alla; Grandoit, Evan; Mayer, Shoshana; Elbulok-Charcape, Milushka; Domzalski, Alison C.; Horowitz, Gail; Rosales, Edith; Hackman, Natasha – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This article describes a quasi-experimental study conducted in two Organic Chemistry I classrooms at a diverse, urban, public university. The treatment group received an exam wrapper intervention, a series of four written exercises administered throughout the semester designed to enhance students' academic self-regulation by promoting…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Study Habits
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Brown, Michael; DeMonbrun, Robert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Although peer interaction in the college classroom may benefit some students by developing peer networks for future collaborations, prior research has suggested that these relationships most often benefit students from overrepresented communities, while minoritized student populations may gain less from these experiences. In this article, we…
Descriptors: Physics, College Science, Help Seeking, White Students
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Callens, Melissa Vosen; Kelter, Paul; Motschenbacher, Jill; Nyachwaya, James; Ladbury, Jared L.; Semanko, Anna M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Gateways-ND is a 5-year, National Science Foundation-funded effort directed toward three goals: maximizing the instructional effectiveness of postsecondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty by building expertise in learner-focused practice, positively impacting student success in STEM-based "gateway"…
Descriptors: Program Development, Program Implementation, Instructional Effectiveness, STEM Education
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