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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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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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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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Xiang, Lin; Srinivasan, Madhusudan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Integrating authentic research practices into introductory laboratory courses to prepare tomorrow's scientists has become increasingly prevalent over the past decade. However, an incomplete understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and authentic scientific inquiry (SI) precludes higher-level learning in undergraduate research experiences. In…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories, Large Group Instruction
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Chaumba, Jeff B.; Chaumba, Josphine – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Spatial reasoning is one of the most challenging skills to master in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This article reports the results of a teaching intervention that involved using wooden blocks to enhance the development of spatial reasoning in an undergraduate-level introductory geology course. Wooden blocks…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Geology, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Smith, Cody; Menon, Deepika; Wierzbicki, Annette; Dauer, Jenny – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) are tasked with instructing undergraduate courses with little to no professional development (PD). To better develop PD opportunities, it is important to understand the benefits of improving TAs' self-efficacy and the stressors associated with their roles. This study investigated how stress…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, COVID-19, Pandemics, Anxiety
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Campbell, Corbin M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Based on the largest multi-institutional observational study of undergraduate courses in the United States, this article describes exemplar teaching practices in engineering courses as an interdisciplinary science field. The College Educational Quality (CEQ) research project studied 587 courses in nine different U.S. colleges and universities.…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, STEM Education, College Instruction
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Puttick, Gillian M.; Drayton, Brian; Silva, Christina – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
In this study, we analyzed the literature on teaching or learning on a topic in Earth science, environmental science, or climate change between 1995 and 2017. We investigated the length of the intervention, intervention setting and instructional level, instructional purpose, pedagogical framing and pedagogical methods (including what materials and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Earth Science, Environmental Education, Climate
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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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Mahaffey, Angela L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Given the recent state of social distancing, the online lab experience discussed in this article offers an economical and versatile approach to online undergraduate chemistry lab instruction. With videoconferencing software, this experience is easily adaptable to a socially distanced learning environment, although it was initially designed for a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Science Laboratories, Distance Education
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Esson, Joan; Wendel, Paul; Young, Anna; Frey, Meredith; Plank, Kathryn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Over the past decade, researchers have developed several teaching observation protocols for use in higher education, such as the Teaching Dimensions Observation Protocol (TDOP), Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS), Practical Observation Rubric to Assess Active Learning (PORTAAL), and Decibel Analysis for Research in…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, STEM Education, College Instruction, Undergraduate Study
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Radloff, Jeffrey; Capobianco, Brenda; Weller, Jessica; Rebello, Sanjay; Eichinger, David; Erk, Kendra – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2022
Recent science reform advocates for the inclusion of engineering design to teach science and represents a shift to so-called three-dimensional (3D) learning. This shift often requires science instructors to adapt their current curriculum to integrate 3D learning. To support this shift, the current study illustrates the collaborative development…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Science Curriculum, College Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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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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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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Alter, S. Elizabeth; Gafney, Leo – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
The last decade has seen an explosion of new pedagogical programs, modules, and curricula in undergraduate STEM courses. Despite the importance of effective dissemination in spreading such programs to a broader community of users, relatively little attention is typically given to the needs of potential adopters. In this paper, we build on previous…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Information Dissemination
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