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Lindsey, Alexander J.; Barker, David J. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
In spring 2016, a course at Ohio State University (OSU) was introduced to teach advanced agronomic concepts and included the option to prepare students for the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) exams offered by the American Society of Agronomy. From 2019 to 2021, revisions in instructional methods were implemented that introduced the use of pretests…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Agronomy, Certification, Exit Examinations
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Gittlin, Madisen L.; Clarizio, Tessa; Lamino, Pablo; Michels, Alexandrea; Opejin, Adenike; Barrera, Emiliano López – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Systems-level approaches are required for addressing the world's major challenges at the food-energy-water nexus. Taking on complex issues, such as rising food insecurity, malnutrition, and food waste, concomitant with unprecedented levels of stress on environmental systems, will necessitate that future scholars and decision makers be prepared…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Food, Water, World Problems
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Flemming, Adania D. C. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Being immersed in the processes of research can develop undergraduate students' science identities and support their persistence in pursuing science careers. However, it can be difficult for students to find opportunities for engaging in authentic scientific research. The professional staff and scientific objects in natural history museums provide…
Descriptors: Natural Sciences, Museums, Science Teaching Centers, Undergraduate Students
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Overbay, Amy; Duckworth, Owen; Heitman, Joshua L. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Programs that emphasize the important, multifaceted roles that soils play as the interfaces between humanity and the earth are needed to attract new students from diverse backgrounds. The Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training Research Experience for Undergraduates (BESST REU) site aims to provide undergraduates from a variety of science,…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Environmental Education, Science and Society, Undergraduate Students
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Ortez, Osler; Hall, Alyssa; Sindelar, Meghan – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
The Soil Nutrient Relationships course serves juniors and seniors with a major or minor in agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Pre-pandemic enrollment averaged 65 students. In 2021 and 2022, course enrollment was 42 and 55, respectively. The course was adjusted to a flipped design in 2017. Moving into 2021, the Soil Nutrient…
Descriptors: College Students, Pandemics, COVID-19, Teaching Methods
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Turk, Judith K. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Literature circles are student-led, small-group discussions that promote active learning and engagement with literary texts. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of literature circles on student engagement and learning outcomes in a pedology course. For various reading assignments throughout the semester, students either…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Reading Assignments, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Spaccarotella, Kim; Wheeler, Bridget; Mishra, Sasmita – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Virtual gardening classes that started in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to attract participants. Little is known about characteristics that improve their effectiveness and enable participants to continue gardening. The purpose of this project was to pilot test a nutrition-focused, virtual container gardening program, obtain feedback…
Descriptors: Gardening, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
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Hartley, Jackie; Hobbs, Laura; Stevens, Carly – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Science Hunters is an established outreach program using the computer game Minecraft to engage children in science. Before the pandemic, Science Hunters regularly delivered sessions in schools but ceased delivering face-to-face sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online remote delivery was trialed in eight schools, with 201 children of age 9-11…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Aides, Pandemics
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Hayes, Daniel B. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
A simple exercise of active listening to bird vocalizations in a natural setting was evaluated in an introductory class (FW101L) at Michigan State University. This class is geared toward first- or second-year students and is intended to broaden their skills and knowledge as naturalists. This activity is shown to have a lasting impact on students…
Descriptors: Listening, Wildlife, Outdoor Education, Undergraduate Students
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Copenheaver, Carolyn A.; Woosnam, Kyle M.; Fuhrman, Nicholas E. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Teaching awards provide faculty members external validation of their excellence in the classroom and opens pathways for leadership and research collaboration. The objective of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators experienced by faculty members during the nomination process. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 faculty…
Descriptors: Barriers, Affordances, Agriculture Teachers, Natural Resources
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Karcher, Elizabeth L.; Wardwell, Brianna; Ragland, Elizabeth; York, Ashley; Machaty, Zoltan; Stewart, Kara; Radcliffe, Scott; Lott, Erica A. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Departmental-level curricular redesign is a vital issue in higher education, especially as departments work to move toward more student-centered teaching and learning environments. However, there is a lack of guidance on the steps to take or potential solutions to challenges faced by faculty and departments undergoing the curricular redesign…
Descriptors: Program Design, Models, Student Centered Learning, Science Curriculum
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Blue, Stacie; Hargiss, Christina L. M.; Norland, Jack; Dekeyser, Edward S.; Comeau, Paula – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Plant blindness, the inability of people to notice plants, is of current interest in the natural sciences community. It has been hypothesized that communities of varying cultures may have improved plant sight. Researchers used an online survey to assess citizens ability to identify plants. The survey also intended to address the concern of elders…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Age Differences, Self Concept, American Indians
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Oluwajuwon, Tomiwa V.; Mewase, Ademola O.; Olasuyi, Kehinde E.; Adetula, Olaoluwa I.; Adekunle, Victor A. J. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
One of the critical issues confronting forest sustainability is inadequate education about the need and actions to sustain these vital ecosystems. Notwithstanding, forestry education attracts low levels of interest and enrollment in Nigeria and globally. Unlike in public secondary schools, information on the perception and willingness toward…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Forestry Occupations, Secondary School Students
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Young, Rebecca A.; Turk, Judith K.; Jelinski, Nicolas A.; Anderson, Amber D.; Clark, Kerry M.; Dere, Ashlee; Moorberg, Colby J.; Osterloh, Kristopher; Presley, DeAnn – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
Student-student interactions are influential parts of field experiences. While competitive judging events are a fun way to engage students in field-based learning, the focus on competition leads to an atmosphere that discourages collaboration between students. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cognitive and affective learning…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Competition, Evaluation, Intercollegiate Cooperation
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Schlosser, William E.; Aumell, Aidan J.; Kilkenny, Madison M. – Natural Sciences Education, 2023
University students stepped into synchronous remote learning as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in spring 2020. Temporal limitations of the live field trip-based paradigm in teaching ecology have been complicated by remote learning. To meet the challenge, we have designed and deployed an immersive virtual ecology platform with associated field…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Natural Resources, College Science, Ecology
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