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Guang Jin; Alicia Wodika; Rebekka Darner; Jianwei Lai – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Guided by self-determination theory to design an authentic learning environment, we attempted repeated engagement in critical evaluation of evidence to foster accuracy-oriented reasoning and critical thinking in an applied science course for non-STEM undergraduates taught completely online during a 6-week summer term and a 16-week fall term.…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Accuracy, Logical Thinking, Science Instruction
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Austin Heil; Cara Gormally; Peggy Brickman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
More than 8 out of every 10 college students are not STEM majors, yet we have little understanding about learning expectations for them. We used the results of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioInteractive learning objectives survey of 38 instructors teaching nonscience major courses to characterize learning objectives (LOs) in these courses.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Science Teachers, Behavioral Objectives, Thinking Skills
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Corey Shanbrom; Michelle Norris; Caitlin Esgana; Matthew Krauel; Vincent Pigno; Jennifer Lundmark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program at Sacramento State was established in 2012 with one section supporting introductory chemistry. The program now serves 17 courses with high rates of students who receive a D or an F or withdraw (DFW) from the course in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics; the program enrolls…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
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Alex T. St. Louis; Hayat Hokayem – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
This qualitative study compares the views about nature of science (NOS) between students enrolled in a traditional lecture and laboratory course and students in an inquiry-based class to the view of the scientists who taught the course. We administered the Views of Nature of Science Form C (VNOS-C) to identify students' views after partaking in…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Student Attitudes, Lecture Method, Science Laboratories
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Alison Singer; Caitlin Kirby; Eleanor Rappolee – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Facts about climate change are often ineffective in impacting people's climate change beliefs or environmentally related behaviors. Multiple theories of environmental behavior use norms to foster behavior change. Science fiction writers may also attempt to sway individuals' perceptions of climate change through imaginings of a future affected by…
Descriptors: Climate, Fiction, Nonfiction, Environmental Education
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Laura E. Swann; Jonathan L. Hall; Katie Vaccaro-Garska; Samantha R. Seals; Pamela P. Benz – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences have academic, psychological, and social challenges that require additional support to navigate. This article explains the implementation of a STEM peer coaching program designed to provide such support. Through this program, undergraduate STEM students served as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Coaching (Performance), Peer Relationship
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Kathleen Hefferon; Esther Angert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a series of emergency transitions to online learning for academic institutions around the world. Previous studies have shown that undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) improve student engagement in classroom activities and learning outcomes. In this article, we describe the design and implementation of an LA program…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Resilience (Psychology), Electronic Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Colin Harrison; Clarke Britton; Hannah Shin; Yassin Watson – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Online laboratories can be an effective way to introduce students to lab concepts while providing flexibility, increased access, and reduced costs. However, online labs might lack the authentic research experience that can be gained by doing hands-on lab work. This study explores student perceptions of an online, inquiry-based introductory biology…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Laboratory Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Student Attitudes
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David C. Owens; Noah P. Sheridan; Amanda L. Townley – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Although argumentation is a critical historical component of scientific literacy, the recent coronavirus pandemic and associated issues have highlighted the importance of argumentation in science practice. Argumentation that aligns with functional scientific literacy requires gathering evidence and reasoning to support or refute claims related to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Persuasive Discourse, Preservice Teachers
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Mason C. McNair; Chelsea M. Sexton; Mark Zenoble – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Following the switch to remote online teaching in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the plant taxonomy course at the University of Georgia (UGA) switched to iNaturalist for the specimen collection portion of the course requirements. Building off extant rubrics, the instructors designed project guidelines for a fully online plant collection…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Electronic Learning, Taxonomy, Course Content
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Ayesha S. Boyce; Cherie Avent; Adeyemo Adetogun; Christopher Hall; Lynn Sametz; P. Lee Phillips; Amelia Kane; Jeffrey Patton; Kimberly Petersen; Malcolm Schug – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Since 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF)--funded Science, Technology, and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) project has provided financial and community support for undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in STEM majors. In this article, the authors explore the impact of STAMPS on how cohorts…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Self Concept, Sense of Community, STEM Education
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Schilling, Ellie; Sandman, Joy; Sait, Rida; Stich, April; Baryeh, Kwaku; Blankson, Gifty – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
A lateral flow assay was designed and optimized as an independent study project that aimed to develop an assay for the qualitative detection of troponin assay. Lateral flow assays (the classic example being a pregnancy test) have the advantage of being rapid, specific, and user-friendly. They are composed of an absorbent pad, a nitrocellulose…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Independent Study, Chemistry, Science Activities
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Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Brown, Adam O.; Carroll, Marissa; Blenkarn, Elizabeth; Austin, Bradley; Bretzlaff, Tiffany – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Educational efforts to promote effective oral science communication at the undergraduate level tend to reinforce strategies related to impression management. Students are taught tactics that can be used to create the impression of competent science communication without reflectively considering epistemological beliefs. Deeper aspects of oral…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Undergraduate Students, Biology, Science Education
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Hallett-Njuguna, Rachel – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
Preservice elementary teachers are faced with the daunting task of learning enough about every subject to support their students' development of foundational ideas. Teacher preparation programs and professional development providers therefore have the challenge of supporting those preservice and in-service teachers by providing content and methods…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Ferrari, Brittney A.; Dees, Jonathan A.; Armstrong, Norris A.; Kittleson, Julie M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2023
To transition introductory college science courses from large, passive lectures to more student-centered learning environments, additional instructional support is needed. Peer learning assistants (PLAs) can support that transformation by engaging students in interactive discourse and collaborative learning during class activities. PLAs are…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Peer Relationship, Science Achievement, Student Attitudes
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