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Cafferty, Patrick – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Science classrooms across our campus have changed dramatically over the past 10 years as an increasing number of instructors have incorporated a variety of active learning techniques into their teaching practice, using, for example, classroom response systems to poll their students and guided inquiry and case study activities to facilitate small…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, Science Teachers, Physical Activities
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Hernandez, Joel; Niyazov, Rafael; Tesfagiorgis, Kibrewossen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
This article describes the use and advantages of the MATLAB-based program ReshmoBeam, developed to perform beam analysis, as it is done in statics courses of engineering curricula. An important goal of the article is to facilitate the dissemination of the program among faculty teaching these courses. The program is offered free to interested…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Engineering Education, Structural Elements (Construction), Mechanics (Physics)
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Arvelo-Márquez, Lillian; Méndez-Merced, Ana T.; Monterrubio-Álvarez, José; Malavé-Llamas, Karlo; Lizardi-O'Neill, Lilliam; Bayuelo-Flórez, Ezequiel De J.; Soto-Sonera, José – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
This article reports the findings of the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model intervention study in an introductory biology course at a Puerto Rican private university. PLTL introduces to the traditional class format an additional workshop session in which students interact in small groups to solve challenging exercises under the guidance of a peer…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses
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King, Kathryn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
This study examines what prior knowledge and misconceptions about evolutionary theory students bring with them into an introductory biological anthropology course. One hundred and fifty-three students completed short, anonymous surveys about evolution on the first day of class before any content was discussed. Of a possible seven points, the…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Student Attitudes, Evolution, Knowledge Level
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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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Nieberding, Megan; Buxner, Sanlyn; Elfring, Lisa; Impey, Christopher – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
An understanding of basic science is central to student success at the university level, even for students who will never work in scientific fields. Our investigation into students' understanding of DNA is part of a larger investigation into students' knowledge and attitudes about science. DNA and the concepts associated with it (e.g., heredity…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Concepts, Genetics, Knowledge Level
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Brown, Patrick; Peterson, Jonathan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is increasingly online, even the laboratory components of STEM courses. As online laboratory education trends upward in terms of enrollment and variety of course offerings, the central question remains: Is online equivalent to a traditional face-to-face (F2F) lab experience? In this…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Introductory Courses, Anatomy, Physiology
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Bourne, Sara M.; Limfat, Sean; Dilip, Sneha; Han, Seoyoung; Robak, MaryAnn T.; Marsden, Peter; Baranger, Anne M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Peer learning programs have been developed to support many introductory science courses by providing additional instruction and engagement. These programs are beneficial to both learners and instructors, providing content learning and confidence and attitudinal gains. There is evidence that the benefits of peer learning are higher when students…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, College Science, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Reed, Charlotte R.; Wolfson, Adele J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Learning progressions (LPs) present a potential tool to guide students toward deeper understanding of core concepts as they move through a curriculum. In addition to providing a theoretical scheme for education researchers, LPs can provide a powerful framework for instructors and students in organizing curricula. We have developed the outline of a…
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Chemistry, Educational Resources, College Students
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Geng, Hongyan; McGinley, Mark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
This study presents a quasi-experiment to assess differences in student performance and satisfaction between two different delivery modes--online and face-to-face education. We collected data from 747 (373 face-to-face cohort, 374 online cohort) students enrolled in a general education science course at a liberal arts university. There was no…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Satisfaction, Conventional Instruction, Web Based Instruction
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Shroat-Lewis, René A.; Hage, Melissa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Inquiry-based learning is an educational strategy that emphasizes the student's role in the learning process by having them propose and test hypotheses through experimentation and/or the collection of observational data. It emphasizes active participation, allowing students to take ownership of their learning. In doing so, inquiry-based learning…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Inquiry, Active Learning, Paleontology
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Donohue, Kerri; VanDenburgh, Katherine; Reck, Cathrine; Buck, Gayle – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
The communication of scientific findings through writing is an important skill for undergraduate science majors to develop as they move through their respective degree programs. Seeing the importance of science communication skill development, we brought a science communication blog written by graduate students on the same campus to the attention…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, STEM Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Undergraduate Students
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Gardner, Grant E.; Brown, Evelyn; Grimes, Zachary; Bishara, Gina – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Recent reform documents in postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields recommend the use of evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs) in the classroom. National surveys in the United States suggest a continued reliance on instructor-centered practices that have little evidentiary support for long-term impacts…
Descriptors: Barriers, Evidence Based Practice, Teaching Methods, STEM Education
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Arif, Suchinta – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
Student-centered learning broadly encompasses teaching approaches that shift the focus of instruction from teacher to student by placing an emphasis on what as well as how students want to learn. This approach allows students to become active participants in their own learning and has been shown to increase learning, autonomy, and…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Ecology, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods
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Joyner-Matos, Joanna; Islam-Zwart, Kayleen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2021
This article presents results from a Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) grant from the National Science Foundation that supported students from three majors and funded the development of cocurricular activities designed to increase the workforce development of first-generation and underrepresented students. Scholar cohorts were interdisciplinary, with…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation
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