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Reilly, John T.; Strickland, Michael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
A writing-across-the-curriculum and ethics component is presented for a second-semester, physical chemistry course. The activity involves introducing ethical issues pertinent to scientists. Students are asked to read additional material, participate in discussions, and write essays and a paper on an ethical issue. The writing and discussion…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Quantum Mechanics, Chemistry, Ethics
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Cavallo, Ann – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
Students' learning about the nature of science (NOS) consists of two related aspects that include their understandings of and ability to apply science processes, and their beliefs about NOS. To help students develop such understandings, the New Society activity gets them talking to each other about science, using the language of science such as…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Science Process Skills, Science Activities
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Pultorak, Robert W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
A "colloqution module" (an instructional unit/strategy used in a conversation) consists of a reading assignment and a series of questions/activities. The strategy is suggested as an alternative to the lecture method. A sample module on insecticides (together with design information and advantages/disadvantages) is included. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Insecticides
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Bonnstetter, Ronald J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1988
Presents a discussion on the significance of questioning techniques in the development of critical thinking skills. Stresses that teachers can increase a student's mental engagement by using appropriate wait time, increasing nonevaluative responses, avoiding rephrasing a question, and avoiding questions requiring a yes or no response. (RT)
Descriptors: College Science, Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Formal Operations
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Abraham, Michael R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Examines two instructional strategies, the traditional and learning cycle approaches, and compares them with regard to the variables of sequence, format, and necessity. Concludes that students exposed to the laboratory and discussion type had higher test scores than those in the lecture or reading groups. (Author/RT)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, College Science, Demonstrations (Educational)
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Moench, Thomas T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Describes use of the Participative Learning System (PLS) in college teaching. The PLS, a highly simplified modification of Hill's discussion technique, significantly enhances learning, as students spend considerable time using and developing synthetical and evaluative skills. PLS is adaptable and can be effective with or without participation of…
Descriptors: College Science, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Science Education