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Anderson, Katelyn; Grudens-Schuck, Nancy; Valek, Robert; Schulte, Lisa A.; Smalley, Scott W. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Digital games, especially simulations, have supported student learning outcomes in the areas of science and agriculture in classrooms and nonformal settings. Simulations contribute robustly to student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and agriculture content areas, especially when they are aligned with…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, National Standards, Video Games, Computer Simulation
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Rees, Gordon L.; Winberry, Emily – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Studio-style course delivery involves the integration of laboratory activities with lecture elements of the course, with the goal of increasing student learning and satisfaction through directly linking laboratory and lecture concepts while focusing on active learning. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of studio delivery of an introductory…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Rees, Gordon L.; Johnson, Daniel K. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
The annual National Collegiate Soils Contest (NCSC) has long been anecdotally recognized as a beneficial event for participating students to practice soil profile descriptions and landscape interpretations. The objective of this study was to quantify student learning outcomes and to identify how students' perspectives shifted over the course of…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, College Students
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Krzic, Maja; Brown, Sandra; Bomke, Arthur A. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Professional natural resource managers require a solid understanding of sustainable soil practices. Postsecondary institutions are increasingly integrating innovative approaches such as hybrid problem-based learning (PBL) and team-based learning (TBL) to train future professional land managers to tackle complex problems. This article describes the…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teamwork, Sustainable Development, Natural Resources
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Lerner, Annie B.; Tokach, Mike D.; DeRouchey, Joel M.; Woodworth, Jason C.; Dritz, Steve S.; Goodband, Robert D.; Jones, Cassandra K. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Undergraduate research experiences have well-established benefits on undergraduate education, such as improved critical thinking, professional development, and increased interest in graduate studies. In addition, the host faculty can benefit by increasing their research impact and gaining exposure to potential graduate candidates. In the…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Student Research, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
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Jelinski, Nicolas A.; Perrone, Sharon V.; Blair, Hava K.; Fabian, Morgan L. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Interacting with practitioners and understanding multiple, contradictory, and complex perspectives is an important skill for effectively managing terrestrial resources in the 21st century. Addressing these needs requires innovative approaches in higher education that elevate student learning outcomes and emphasize the affective learning domain…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation
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Merkle, Bethann Garramon; Barber, Brian R.; Carling, Matthew D. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Drawing is a long-standing tool in the natural sciences, but training in this skill set has lapsed. We describe the impacts of field sketching instruction on the teaching practices of faculty and the experiences of students in two sections of a freshman-level course on natural history. We examine self-reported data from participating faculty and…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Freehand Drawing, Student Journals, Teaching Methods
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Brevik, Eric C. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Online homework (OLH) assignments were added to the Introduction to Physical Geology class at Dickinson State University in the fall semester of 2014. Anticipated advantages included timely feedback and opportunities for students to correct mistakes made during homework completion. The same instructor taught all lecture and laboratory sections…
Descriptors: Homework, Small Classes, Introductory Courses, Electronic Learning
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Higley, Corrine; Hayes, Daniel – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Experiential learning is a pedagogical technique that places students in direct contact with the material being studied. Students progress through four stages in a continuous cycle of learning. Because it is conceptualized as a continuous cycle, we question whether student comprehension varies according to where in the learning cycle they begin.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instructional Design, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities
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Copenheaver, Carolyn A. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Publication patterns of natural resources graduate students from nine U.S. universities were compared across seven decades in an effort to assist graduate students and faculty members in setting realistic expectations for publication. Graduate students steadily increased their level of publication in peer-reviewed journals across the study period.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Writing for Publication, Natural Resources, Authors
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Moorberg, Colby J. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
The rising cost of textbooks is a barrier to higher education for many students. Open textbooks are one potential solution, though few open textbooks exist for agriculture and natural science disciplines. Here, I present a case study examining my selection of assigned reading material for a college course on soil and water conservation. Potential…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Annotated Bibliographies, Soil Science, Conservation (Environment)
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Kaur, Jasleen; Kariyat, Rupesh R. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Food security is one of the most pressing concerns of our times. Despite the vast opportunities, there is a shortage of skilled professionals in the food, agriculture, and plant sciences. Although most programs focused on addressing this concern have targeted students, we have often overlooked another critical group--the teachers. To address this…
Descriptors: Workshops, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education, High School Teachers
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Lekies, Kristi S.; Moore, Richard H. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Transdisciplinary approaches increasingly are needed to address complex environmental problems. Students can benefit from research and learning opportunities in which they investigate issues, integrate knowledge across disciplines, engage with stakeholders, collaborate with others, and devise solutions. This paper presents information on a 1-week…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Summer Programs, Environmental Education, Climate
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Johnson, Delaney R.; Courter, Jason R. – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
As the impacts of water quality on human health become better understood, universities have an opportunity to equip students to become more informed and responsible citizens. We define "water literacy" as possessing the scientific knowledge to understand the links between water availability and usage, and being equipped to constructively…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level, Scientific Literacy, Water
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Stichter, Erin Christine – Natural Sciences Education, 2020
Soybean yield potential can be increased by increasing the number of pods per plant, which can be achieved by increasing the number of nodes per plant while decreasing internode length to prevent lodging due to excessive height. In an effort to discover the genetic variability for this trait, a genome wide association study (GWAS) was performed on…
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Plants (Botany), Genetics
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