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Blumer, Lawrence S.; Beck, Christopher W. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Past studies on the differential effects of active learning based on students' prior preparation and knowledge have been mixed. The purpose of the present study was to ask whether students with different levels of prior preparation responded differently to laboratory courses in which a guided-inquiry module was implemented. In the first study, we…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Abstract Reasoning, Laboratory Experiments
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Couch, Brian A.; Wright, Christian D.; Freeman, Scott; Knight, Jennifer K.; Semsar, Katharine; Smith, Michelle K.; Summers, Mindi M.; Zheng, Yi; Crowe, Alison J.; Brownell, Sara E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
The "Vision and Change" report provides a nationally agreed upon framework of core concepts that undergraduate biology students should master by graduation. While identifying these concepts was an important first step, departments also need ways to measure the extent to which students understand these concepts. Here, we present the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Majors (Students), Biology
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Shortlidge, Erin E.; Rain-Griffith, Liz; Shelby, Chloe; Shusterman, Gwendolyn P.; Barbera, Jack – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Embedding active learning is a common mechanism for meeting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education reform goals. Researchers have identified student benefits from such strategies, yet these benefits may not be universal for all students. We sought to identify how students at a nontraditional university perceive…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Science Instruction, Active Learning, Biology
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Gauthier, Andrea; Jantzen, Stuart; McGill, Gaël; Jenkinson, Jodie – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
This paper discusses the results of two experiments assessing undergraduate students' beliefs about the random nature of molecular environments. Experiment 1 involved the implementation of a pilot adaptive assessment (n = 773) and focus group discussions with undergraduate students enrolled in first- through third-year biology courses; experiment…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Misconceptions
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Zukswert, Jenna M.; Barker, Megan K.; McDonnell, Lisa – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
The excessive "jargon" load in biology may be a hurdle for developing conceptual understanding as well as achieving core competencies such as scientific literacy and communication. Little work has been done to characterize student understanding of biology-specific jargon. To address this issue, we aimed to determine the types of biology…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Jargon, Biology
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Lee, Star W. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
There has been little attention given to teaching beliefs of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), even though they represent the primary teaching workforce for undergraduate students in discussion and laboratory sections at many research universities. Secondary school education studies have shown that teaching beliefs are malleable and can be…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Dowd, Jason E.; Thompson, Robert J., Jr.; Schiff, Leslie; Haas, Kelaine; Hohmann, Christine; Roy, Chris; Meck, Warren; Bruno, John; Reynolds, Julie A. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Various personal dimensions of students--particularly motivation, self-efficacy beliefs, and epistemic beliefs--can change in response to teaching, affect student learning, and be conceptualized as learning dispositions. We propose that these learning dispositions serve as learning outcomes in their own right; that patterns of interrelationships…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Theses, Undergraduate Students, Correlation
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England, Benjamin J.; Brigati, Jennifer R.; Schussler, Elisabeth E.; Chen, Miranda M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Students respond to classroom activities and achievement outcomes with a variety of emotions that can impact student success. One emotion students experience is anxiety, which can negatively impact student performance and persistence. This study investigated what types of classroom anxiety were related to student performance in the course and…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Student Attitudes, Academic Persistence, Biology
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Avena, Jennifer S.; Knight, Jennifer K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Problem solving is an integral part of doing science, yet it is challenging for students in many disciplines to learn. We explored student success in solving genetics problems in several genetics content areas using sets of three consecutive questions for each content area. To promote improvement, we provided students the choice to take a…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Genetics, Prompting, Science Tests
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Stanton, Julie Dangremond; Dye, Kathryn Morris; Johnson, Me'Shae – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Metacognitive regulation occurs when learners regulate their thinking in order to learn. We asked how introductory and senior-level biology students compare in their use of the metacognitive regulation skill of evaluation, which is the ability to appraise the effectiveness of an individual learning strategy or an overall study plan. We coded…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Introductory Courses, Biology, Comparative Analysis
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Nerio, Ron; Webber, Althea; MacLachlan, Effie; Lopatto, David; Caplan, Avrom J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
The CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) provides a yearlong faculty-mentored research experience to associate's degree students. The program takes place at all 10 associate's degree-granting colleges within the City University of New York system. We report on a mixed-methods study of 500 students who participated in the program during its…
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Graduation, College Students, College Faculty
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Chatterjee, Deepshikha; Ford, J. Kevin; Rojewski, Julie; Watts, Stephanie W. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Graduate students and postdocs in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are faced with a wide range of career paths to employment, but they are often not trained to effectively pursue these opportunities. The lack of career management skills implies long tenures in graduate school for many students, especially as tenure-track positions…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Internship Programs, Graduate Students, Medical Students
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Nagy, Gabriela A.; Fang, Caitlin M.; Hish, Alexander J.; Kelly, Lisalynn; Nicchitta, Christopher V.; Dzirasa, Kafui; Rosenthal, M. Zachary – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Although burnout and mental health problems may adversely impact quality of scientific research, academic productivity, and attrition in biomedical doctoral training programs, very little research has been done on this topic. Recent studies have used brief survey methods to begin to explore burnout and mental health problems in biomedical doctoral…
Descriptors: Burnout, Mental Health, Graduate Students, Scientific Research
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Kjelvik, Melissa K.; Schultheis, Elizabeth H. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Data are becoming increasingly important in science and society, and thus data literacy is a vital asset to students as they prepare for careers in and outside science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and go on to lead productive lives. In this paper, we discuss why the strongest learning experiences surrounding data literacy may arise…
Descriptors: Data Use, Scientific Research, Information Literacy, STEM Education
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Diaz-Martinez, Laura A.; Fisher, Ginger R.; Esparza, David; Bhatt, Jay M.; D'Arcy, Christina E.; Apodaca, Jennifer; Brownell, Sara; Corwin, Lisa; Davis, William B.; Floyd, Kevin W.; Killion, Patrick J.; Madden, Jaclyn; Marsteller, Patricia; Mayfield-Meyer, Teresa; McDonald, Kelly K.; Rosenberg, Martina; Yarborough, Mark A.; Olimpo, Jeffrey T. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Advancement of the scientific enterprise relies on individuals conducting research in anethical and responsible manner. Educating emergent scholars in the principles of ethics/responsible conduct of research (E/RCR) is therefore critical to ensuring such advancement. The recent impetus to include authentic research opportunities as part of the…
Descriptors: Ethics, Research Training, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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