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Stefany M. Sit; Laura Zeller – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Creating authentic science assessments that engage students in conceptual understanding and provide evidence of their learning is challenging. Student-centered instruction and assessments provide an opportunity to build student agency and foster positive student relations with science. This qualitative work showcases assessments that focus on…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, In Person Learning, Science Education, Online Courses
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Matthew Lundquist; Ann Aguanno – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Moving to remote, online learning to meet health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge for college science courses due to the interactive nature of laboratories. We developed and implemented a remote/in-person lab partner model where in-person students were paired with remote students in natural science courses during the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, In Person Learning, Blended Learning
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Jessica M. Fautch – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
The sustained recruitment and retention of students in STEM majors is a national concern. Although the rate of attrition in these majors is comparable to other majors, the demand for trained scientists to enter the workforce with a baccalaureate degree is high. To enhance retention and support of STEM students from their first year until…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Living Learning Centers, STEM Education, Program Design
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E. Austin Leone; Donald P. French – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
The communication of scientific findings often concludes the research experience, but few science programs include explicit undergraduate curricula for practicing oral science communication. While course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) can provide opportunities for students to practice science communication, few studies describe…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Public Speaking, Science Education, Self Concept
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Aditi Sengupta; Nallely Delara; Joyce Barahona; Justin Garcia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Undergraduate institutions serve as stepping stones to students' careers. Teaching and learning in science classrooms require quality and integrated teaching-research learning experiences that prepare students to advance their careers. Using publicly available data sets and open-access data analyses software can be impactful for engaging students…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Computer Software, Soil Science, Sampling
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Amy Benton; Drew Hataway – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Nationally, students fail anatomy and physiology courses at some of the highest rates compared with other undergraduate-level courses. Formative evaluation guides future learning by assessing the quality of student achievement while the student is still learning. Formative assessments were introduced in an undergraduate human anatomy course…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, At Risk Students
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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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Qunxing Ding; Haiyan Zhu – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2024
Retrieval practice has been proven effective in conceptual science learning, and retesting has been applied in retrieval practice and has been shown to lead to significant improvements in learning outcomes. In this study, retesting was employed in an online microbiology course to evaluate the attitudes and behaviors of college students about this…
Descriptors: Testing, Repetition, Online Courses, Science Education
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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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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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Giles, Ingelise; Cook, Nicole; Hazari, Zahra; Fernandez, Maria; Kramer, Laird – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
In response to the demand for more STEM-certified teachers, identity has emerged as a theoretical lens for examining how candidates can be recruited into and retained in the teaching profession. This study explores the intersection between teaching identity and disciplinary identity as they relate to the development of a disciplinary teaching…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, STEM Education, Self Concept, Professional Identity
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Friesen, Rebecca; Cimetta, Adriana – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Increased sustainable access to undergraduate research opportunities, particularly for historically underrepresented populations, involves transforming departmental and institutional cultures, which is time-consuming and expensive. Competing university interests and tightening budgets necessitate finding effective and affordable ways to implement…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Departments, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Lucietto, Anne; Buckner, Holden; Munguia, Antonia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Prior research in student retention emphasizes that building students' connections with the institution and their peers is key. Students from underrepresented populations often lack these connections, making them more prone to dropping out or transferring majors, especially in high-pressure engineering and polytechnic programs. In this article, we…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduation Rate, Females, Engineering Education
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Kulesza, Amy E.; Gallant, Dorinda J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Graduate teaching assistants (TAs) may identify with multiple roles during their introductory biology teaching experiences. This study developed an instrument that measures TA role identity in introductory biology. Initial development and content validation of the Biology Teaching Assistant Role Identity Questionnaire (BTARIQ) occurred in four…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Biology, Teaching Assistants
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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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