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Weiss, David J.; McGuire, Patrick; Clouse, Wendi; Sandoval, Raphael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Studies on the effectiveness of clickers in undergraduate chemistry courses are mixed, and there is disagreement on how to effectively leverage clickers to improve student learning performance. To fill a gap in the research, we analyzed three different teaching strategies (two involving clickers) in a General Chemistry I course over a 13-year time…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Audience Response Systems
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Petto, Andrew J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
In very large lecture classes, student engagement is always a challenge, and many instructors use electronic student response systems (SRS) to promote student engagement and active learning. The conventional wisdom in using student response systems is that the technology matters less than the pedagogy; it is the added value of the instructor that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology
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Nagel, Megan; Lindsey, Beth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
With only minimal changes to the course structure, classroom clickers were introduced in introductory chemistry to allow students to regularly compare their perceived abilities with their actual abilities, a measurement also known as calibration. Students used the clickers to provide knowledge judgments, an indication of their confidence in…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Introductory Courses, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Chemistry
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Borda, Emily J.; Boudreaux, Andrew; Fackler-Adams, Ben; Frazey, Paul; Julin, Sara; Pennington, Gregory; Ogle, Jared – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Passive, lecture-based forms of instruction are often ineffective in helping students develop deep conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Student-centered forms of instruction based in a constructivist framework, where students are guided toward actively constructing their understanding, have been met with greater success. However,…
Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scores
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Carloye, Lisa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
In this article, the author introduces the usage of case studies to be an excellent method for engaging students through stories. The author notes she developed a series of mini-case studies that can be implemented, with a little advance preparation, within a 10- to 15-minute window during lecture. What makes them "mini" case studies?…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Case Studies, Active Learning, Lecture Method
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Johnson, Staci Neas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
The increase in classroom technology has resulted in the use of clickers and other audience response systems (ARS) for simultaneous reporting of choices in the teambased learning (TBL) classroom. A variety of techniques and practices using ARS technology in TBL courses has been noted. Learning gains in the TBL classroom with ARS reporting has not…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology
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Hodges, Linda C.; Anderson, Eric C.; Carpenter, Tara S.; Cui, Lili; Feeser, Elizabeth A.; Gierasch, Tiffany Malinky – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Clickers are often used as an active learning tool in face-to-face classes to enhance student engagement and assess student learning. In this article we share the variety of ways that we use clicker questions to promote deliberate practice in large science courses. Deliberate practice is the use of specifically structured exercises that develop…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Science Instruction, Large Group Instruction, College Science
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Deri, Melissa A.; Mills, Pamela; McGregor, Donna – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A flipped classroom is one where students are first introduced to content outside of the classroom. This frees up class time for more active learning strategies and has been shown to enhance student learning in high school and college classrooms. However, many studies in General Chemistry, a college gateway science course, were conducted in small…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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Meehan, Kimberly C.; Salmun, Haydee – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The authors present the findings of a small-scale study of student opinions drawn from an anonymous and voluntary survey in an undergraduate science classroom. The survey questions focused on the use of basic tools in a college classroom. The tools included in the survey were PowerPoint, overhead projectors/chalkboards, personal response units,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Terry, David R.; Lemons, Paula; Armstrong, Norris; Brickman, Peggy; Ribbens, Eric; Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Three college faculty taught large general biology classes using case studies and personal response systems (clickers). Each instructor taught the same eight cases in two different sections, except the questions within the cases differed. In one section the questions were lower order (LO) factual inquiries, and in the other they were largely…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Biology, Case Studies, Audience Response Systems
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Vicens, Quentin; Caspersen, Michael E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Despite extensive evidence in favor of student-centered teaching practices over traditional lecturing, most science faculty do not embrace these modes of instruction. Professional development efforts are plentiful, but they can lack in impact or scalability, or both. The factors that determine professional development quality within a research…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Science Teachers
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Rodgers, Vikki L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This article describes an active learning strategy for engaging undergraduate business students, a group often ignored in scientific pedagogy, in learning about renewable energy technology and associated trade-offs. I designed a small-group activity to appeal to and engage business students, but the exercise could easily be used for a variety of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Environmental Education, Group Activities, Audience Response Systems
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Kuyatt, Brian L.; Baker, Jason D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This study evaluates the effectiveness of human anatomy software in face-to-face and online anatomy laboratory classes. Cognitive, affective, and psychomotor perceived learning was measured for students using Pearson Education's Practice Anatomy Laboratory 2.0 software. This study determined that student-perceived learning was significantly…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Anatomy, Computer Software
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Kulesza, Amy E.; Clawson, Megan E.; Ridgway, Judith S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Instructors are frequently uncertain about the usefulness of methods to promote student-centered learning and uneasy about adopting new technologies such as clickers. We describe a study in which an honors biology instructor implemented clickers as a mechanism for students to complete in-class quizzes. To determine the usefulness of this approach,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Biology, Science Instruction, Honors Curriculum
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman; Terry, David R.; Lemons, Paula; Armstrong, Norris; Brickman, Peggy; Ribbens, Eric – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Three college faculty taught large general biology classes using case studies and personal response systems (clickers). Each instructor taught the same eight cases in two different sections, except the questions within the cases differed. In one section the questions were lower order (LO) factual inquiries, and in the other they were largely…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Learner Engagement, College Faculty, Program Descriptions
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