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Lord, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
Teaching through inquiry doesn't come automatically--professors have to think of instruction in a different way. Instead of describing information that students should know, they must challenge students to think at a higher, critical-thinking level than they are accustomed to. After all, the most important aspect of a professors' job or "business"…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Inquiry, College Faculty, Higher Education
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Lord, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
In this month's column, the author reflects on his childhood experiences of "playing in the woods" and his insatiable love of the outdoors as compared to today's youth, who spend the majority of their free time inside their technology-filled bedrooms. Although it's difficult to pinpoint why the downturn of interest in nature has happened, he…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Leisure Time, Learning Activities, Natural Resources
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Lord, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
Many of today's college students come to class expecting the professor to tell them exactly what they need to study for the exam. They have little interest in reading the textbook, drawing answers from analogies, or coming to conclusions from case studies or scenarios. Instead, most of today's learners expect the professor to write information…
Descriptors: College Students, Study Habits, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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Lord, Thomas; Baviskar, Sandhya – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
Recent studies have indicated that college undergraduates have retained little understanding of the information in the science courses they have taken when they graduate. Science is taught as detailed, factual content, and most students are evaluated by their ability to recall and summarize the information provided. As such, students concentrate…
Descriptors: Classification, Science Instruction, Questioning Techniques, College Students
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Lord, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
It's common for college professors to require students to complete a reading from the textbook prior to coming to class. Most professors who maintain syllabi for their courses list the chapters or page numbers that class members should read ahead of time. But studies indicate that students rarely read the information ahead of time (Marbach-Ad and…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Faculty, College Science, Science Instruction
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Lord, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
In his article, Dale had constructed a tiered triangle to rank students' ability to recall information that had been taught six weeks earlier (Dale 1969). Dale had found that only 5% of the knowledge gained through lecture was remembered by students several weeks after it was heard. Dale's original tool for ranking student learning has evolved…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, College Students
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Lord, Thomas; Shelly, Chad; Zimmerman, Rachel – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
Can you imagine a class where students cover the content with each other rather than simply listening to the professor's lecture? Can you envision students developing their own laboratory investigations and quizzing each other weekly to check for understanding? Well, that's pretty much how the major science organizations across the nation are…
Descriptors: Investigations, College Science, Botany, Laboratory Experiments
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Travis, Holly; Lord, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2004
Constructivist teaching techniques work well in various instructional settings, but many teachers remain skeptical because there is a lack of quantitative data supporting this model. This study compared an undergraduate nonmajors biology lab section taught in a traditional teacher-centered style to a similar section taught as a constructivist…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Interests, Biology, Teaching Styles
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Lord, Thomas; Moses, Richard – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1994
Provides brief arguments for and against the use of animals in research and education. A survey was conducted of 200 students to seek answers to the following questions: How do students feel about the dissection of animals in life science classes?; and Do students feel they would learn as much biology without laboratory animal investigations?…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Science, College Students, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Lord, Thomas; Marino, Suzanna – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1993
Presents the results of a survey on evolution given to 392 university students in western Pennsylvania. Concludes that, although nearly three-quarters of the students say they believe in the theory of evolution, most do not understand the mechanism behind it. (PR)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Evolution, Higher Education