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Post, Martiqua L.; Bates, Katherine; Scharff, Lauren – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
To explore factors that may inform teaching and learning in STEM education, we investigate individual and situational factors influencing students' cooperative versus competitive responses in a classroom, extra-credit problem social dilemma in core biology and engineering courses. We were curious how our competitive academic environment coupled…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Decision Making, Females
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Pidaparti, Ramana M.; Graceraj, Prabaharan P.; Nagel, Jacquelyn K. S.; Rose, Christopher Stewart – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
Undergraduate engineering education must train students to not only solve design challenges that transcend disciplinary boundaries, but also communicate, transfer knowledge, and collaborate across technical and non-technical boundaries. One approach to achieving this goal is teaching bio-inspired design (BID) in an engineering curriculum. In…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Design, Biology
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Newman, Christopher B. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
This study was based on a multiple case study of two Predominantly White Institutions. Interviews were conducted with 61 individuals including undergraduate and graduate engineering and computer science majors and recent graduates, faculty, and administrators. This study focuses specifically on how students' experiences with corporate internships,…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Student Research, Economic Status, Undergraduate Students
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Kramer, Barbara; Walston, Timothy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
An integrative introduction to the sciences and an introduction to scientific writing can provide a strong foundation for broadly trained STEM majors to explore the interconnectedness of STEM disciplines and prepare them for scientific research. These goals have been accomplished through a sequence of two first-year courses, STEM 101: Integrative…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Thinking Skills, Scientific Principles
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Mathew, Santhosh; Kashyap, Upasana – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Open Educational Resources (OER) are online teaching and learning resources available for instructors and students to utilize at no cost to them. This case study reports on the impact of OER resources on students' academic performance in an undergraduate introductory astronomy course at a 4-year private university. As part of this study, we…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Undergraduate Students, Astronomy, Science Instruction
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Hill, Erin M.; Anderson, Laurie; Finley, Brandon; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Kochanski, Mark – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
What motivates and demotivates students in their engagement in at-home work for high-stakes assignments, such as test preparation and writing and revising papers? This paper outlines a student-centered method to identify learning strategies students actually use and obstacles students actually face compared to what is reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students, Barriers, STEM Education
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Yang, Dazhi; Xu, Dianxiang; Yeh, Jyh-haw; Fan, Yibo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Undergraduate research opportunities have expanded from elite universities in the United States to universities and institutions of all ranks and sizes. Research studies have shown positive outcomes in regards to the research experience for undergraduates (REU), such as enhanced research skills and competencies. However, with the widespread…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Computer Security, Information Security
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Jeffery, Kathleen A.; Frawley Cass, Samantha M.; Sweeder, Ryan D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
This study examines differences in the ability of undergraduate students, taught in lecture-based or context-based general chemistry courses, to describe reaction kinetics. The subjects included 210 students from a residential science college at a large research university. Two open-ended questions were used to engage students' surface knowledge…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Kinetics, Lecture Method, College Science
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Sharma, Arun K.; Hernandez, Michelle; Phuong, Vinh – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Course-based undergraduate research (CURE) is an educational paradigm to engage students in authentic research projects as part of their classroom experience. We present a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) for first-year students to get acquainted with the research process and apply the skills of scientific computing to…
Descriptors: Student Research, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Climate
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Achat-Mendes, Cindy; Anfuso, Chantelle; Johnson, Cynthia; Shepler, Ben; Hurst-Kennedy, Jennifer; Pinzon, Katherine; Simmons, Rashad; Dekhane, Sonal; Savage, Jamye; Sudduth, Elizabeth; D'Costa, Allison; Leader, Tirza; Pursell, David; Runck, Clay; Awong-Taylor, Judy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Georgia Gwinnett College, an access institution serving the most diverse student body of southeast colleges, was awarded National Science Foundation and University System of Georgia STEM-Education Improvement grants to help our students meet the evolving needs of STEM education. One of the initiatives emerging from these resources is the Peer…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Study, Student Diversity, Peer Teaching