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Kaya, Erdogan; Newley, Anna; Yesilyurt, Esgi; Deniz, Hasan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) underscore the importance of including engineering design process (EDP) within the science curriculum. The Framework and the NGSS raised engineering design to the level of scientific inquiry in an attempt to prepare a STEM-literate workforce for the 21st…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Engineering Education
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Co, Elizabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Critical thinking skills are sought after in the workforce and are often included in course, departmental, and programmatic learning objectives. However, in the curriculum of many courses we tend to focus on content rather than on fostering the growth of the cognitive skills needed to improve critical thinking ability. Further, skills are…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Critical Thinking, Lecture Method, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Marshall, Jill A.; Banner, Jay L.; You, Hye Sun – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study investigated the interaction of disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in a team-taught, first-year, interdisciplinary sustainability course. We surveyed (pre/post) both STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and non-STEM majors (N = 241), assessing attitudes and content knowledge. Responses were analyzed using…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, College Freshmen, Team Teaching
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Turner, Ken L., Jr.; Hoffman, Adam R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Engineering design is an ideal perspective for engaging students in college science classes. An engineering design problem-solving framework was used to create a general chemistry lab activity focused on an important environmental issue--dead zones. Dead zones impact over 400 locations around the world and are a result of nutrient pollution, one…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Engineering, Design
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Petrosino, Anthony J.; Mann, Michele J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Although data modeling, the employment of statistical reasoning for the purpose of investigating questions about the world, is central to both mathematics and science, it is rarely emphasized in K-16 instruction. The current work focuses on developing thinking about data modeling with undergraduates in general and preservice teachers in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Data
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Swanson, Lauren; Solorza, Ruben; Fissore, Cinzia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article explores undergraduates' efforts to engage in scientific argumentation during exam settings. Thirteen undergraduate students enrolled in an environmental science course completed exams with questions linked around a central theme. Three types of questions were used, including those that prompted students to construct scientific…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Science Tests, Science Instruction
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Dark, Marta L.; Hylton, Derrick J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article describes a general education course offering, Physics and the Arts. During the development of this course, physics and arts faculty collaborated closely. We cover the usual physics phenomena for such a course--light, color, and sound--in addition to gravity, equilibrium, and spacetime. Goals of the course are to increase students'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Art Education, General Education
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Price, Rebecca M.; Perez, Kathryn E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Improving students' understanding of how science works requires explicit instruction. Here, we test the efficacy of a module based on two previously published activities (the "Cube Puzzle" and the case study "Asteroids and Dinosaurs") that teach how science works to college science majors. Students also use the How Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, 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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Metzger, Kelsey J.; Smith, Brittany A.; Brown, Ethan; Soneral, Paula A. G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study describes the development and implementation of an iterative diagnostic and intervention routine designed to elicit and quantitatively describe aspects of student metacognition, affect, and study habits in a first-year undergraduate biology course. The Student Metacognition, Affect, and Study Habits (SMASH) inventory is a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Metacognition
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Bruck, Laura B.; Bruck, Aaron D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Recruitment and retention in the sciences is both difficult and crucial, especially in the community college setting. In this study, the resources used by General Chemistry I students at two different public, predominantly two-year colleges in two states were studied via surveys for a semester. Data were analyzed with respect to student attitudes…
Descriptors: Study Habits, Chemistry, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Pergams, Oliver R. W.; Jake-Matthews, Charmaine E.; Mohanty, Liza M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Reading aloud (RA) is a learning strategy commonly used to help younger students develop language comprehension skills and in adult literacy and language courses to help students master the pronunciation of words, grammar, and intonation. However, we know of no studies to date that investigate the possible benefits of RA at the college or…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Reading Aloud to Others, Learning Experience, College Science
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Finelli, Cynthia J.; Nguyen, Kevin; DeMonbrun, Matthew; Borrego, Maura; Prince, Michael; Husman, Jennifer; Henderson, Charles; Shekhar, Prateek; Waters, Cynthia K. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
In spite of considerable evidence of the effectiveness of active learning and other contemporary teaching methods, barriers to adoption of those methods, such as possible student resistance, continue to exist. This study addresses student resistance by analyzing data from 1,051 students who completed our Student Response to Instructional Practices…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Resistance (Psychology), Barriers, Student Attitudes
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Mineweaser, Lindsey; Accetta, Danielle; Noonan, Dalton – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" explicitly endorse argumentation as essential practices for K-12 science classrooms because it can concurrently engage the learners in the coordination of conceptual, epistemic, and social goals. It is important to develop students' capacities to interpret information and data to reasonable…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Inquiry, Science Activities
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Appasamy, Pierette – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The teaching of histology has changed dramatically with virtual microscopy. Fewer students of histology spend significant time viewing slides on a microscope and instead study images available in digital slide sets, generally accessible via the internet. However, students must still be able to correctly identify the defining characteristics of…
Descriptors: Laboratory Equipment, Visual Aids, Learner Engagement, Documentation
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