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Walker, J. D.; Wassenberg, Deena; Franta, Gabriel; Cotner, Sehoya – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Certain scientific conclusions are controversial, in that they are rejected by a substantial proportion of nonscientists despite an overwhelming scientific consensus. Science educators are motivated to help students understand the evidence behind the scientific consensus on these matters and to move students' views into alignment with those held…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Resistance (Psychology), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Scientific Attitudes
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Broeckelman-Post, Melissa; Johnson, Alexandra; Schweback, J. Reid – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Engaging students, checking for understanding, and encouraging oral participation are ongoing pedagogical challenges in large lecture courses. In this study, the instructor used notecard-facilitated cold-calling as a means of encouraging attendance and participation in a large-lecture biology class.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Anxiety, Lecture Method, Attendance
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Crippen, Kent J.; Boyer, Treavor H.; Korolev, Maria; de Torres, Trisha; Brucat, Phil J.; Wu, Chang-Yu – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Undergraduate engineering education in the United States is in need of reform that addresses the recruitment and retention of a diverse population of students. Change Chem is a curriculum reform model that has been created to address this issue for freshman students. This article reports on a mixed method efficacy study of Change Chem, which uses…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Chemistry, Higher Education
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Frey, Regina F.; Fisher, Beth A.; Solomon, Erin D.; Leonard, Denise A.; Mutambuki, Jacinta M.; Cohen, Cheryl A.; Luo, Jia; Pondugula, Santhi – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article describes a visual approach to integrating observational data into self-evaluation and peer review of teaching, practices that can lead to adoption of evidence-based active-learning strategies in STEM. This approach was designed to be implemented for undergraduate courses across disciplines. The presentation of observational data in a…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Peer Evaluation, Educational Practices
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Schneider, Kimberley R.; VanBennekom, Neyda; Bahr, David; Burkett, Susan; Lusth, John C.; Pressley, Shelley – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Three different course models devoted to preparing science and engineering students for successful research endeavors were offered at three research institutions. Goals of this work include (a) involving students early in their academic career so they can gain the most out of subsequent research experiences and (b) providing basic skills to make…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Research, Science Education, Engineering Education
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Auerbach, Anna Jo; Schussler, Elisabeth E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Active learning (or learner-centered) pedagogies have been shown to enhance student learning in introductory biology courses. Student collaboration has also been shown to enhance student learning and may be a critical part of effective active learning practices. This study focused on documenting the use of individual active learning and group…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Instruction, Active Learning, Introductory Courses
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Nyman, Matthew; St. Clair, Tyler – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Using the science practice model in science classes for preservice teachers addresses three important aspects of science teacher preparation: teaching the nonlinear nature of scientific process, using scientific practices rather than the ambiguous term "inquiry-based," and emphasizing the process of metacognition as an important tool in…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Metacognition, Geometric Concepts, Science Instruction
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Prud'homme-Genereux, Annie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This month's issue describes a way of building a library of student-produced videos to use in the flipped classroom.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning
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Chang, Jen-Mei; Kwon, Chuhee; Stevens, Lora; Buonora, Paul – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article presents implementation details and findings of a National Science Foundation Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) consisting of many high-impact practices to recruit and retain students in the physical sciences and mathematics programs, particularly first-generation and underrepresented…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Recruitment, Academic Persistence, Physical Sciences
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Appling, Jeffrey R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue describes examples of challenging student behavior and provides ideas to help confront this type of behavior.
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, College Students
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Eckenrode, Jeffrey; Prather, Edward E.; Wallace, Colin S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article reports on an investigation into the correlations between students' understandings of introductory astronomy concepts and the correctness and coherency of their written responses to targeted Lecture-Tutorial questions.
Descriptors: Correlation, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Astronomy
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van Zee, Emily; Grobart, Emma; Roberts-Harris, Deborah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
What responsibility do science teacher educators have for engaging students in learning about global climate change in courses? How can the topic of global climate change be added to an already packed course curriculum? The authors have begun assembling instructional resources and learning ways others have incorporated global climate change in…
Descriptors: Climate, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Tomasko, David L.; Ridgway, Judith S.; Waller, Rocquel J.; Olesik, Susan V. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Retention of students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) major has been studied for four cohorts participating in a summer bridge program supported by the National Science Foundation. Students participated in a 6-week program prior to their first term of enrollment at a research-intensive land grant university. Comparisons…
Descriptors: STEM Education, First Generation College Students, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students
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Gonzalez, Beatriz – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The author discusses an Introduction to Biology course they created. The course was designed by following the recommendations from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report, which stresses the need for engaging students through hands-on and student-centered activities. In the course, students perform…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Online Courses
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Heyborne, William H.; Perrett, Jamis J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
In an attempt to better understand the flipped technique and evaluate its purported superiority in terms of student learning gains, the authors conducted an experiment comparing a flipped classroom to a traditional lecture classroom. Although the outcomes were mixed, regarding the superiority of either pedagogical approach, there does seem to be a…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education
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