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Dotger, Sharon; Barry, Deborah; Wiles, Jason; Benevento, Elizabeth; Brzozowski, Frances; Hurtado-Gonzales, Jorge; Jacobs, Nicole; Royse, Ellen; Sen, Debjeet; Snyder, Julia; Stokes, Robert; Wisner, Ellen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Existing research on the development of graduate students' teaching competency focuses on the need for their learning opportunities to be contextualized to their specific content area and course structure. A group of graduate teaching assistants collaborated with a biology professor and a science educator in a Japanese Lesson Study to directly…
Descriptors: Biology, Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Higher Education
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Duke, L. Donald; Schmidt, Diane L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
The Toxics Geography Exercise was developed as an application-oriented exercise to develop skills in critical analysis in groups of undergraduate students from widely diverse academic backgrounds. Students use publicly available data on industrial activities, history of toxic material disposal, basic chemistry, regulatory approaches of federal and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Geography, Criticism, Policy Analysis
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Parham, Thomas L.; Cervato, Cinzia; Gallus, William; Larsen, Michael; Hobbs, Jon; Greenbowe, Thomas – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
A recent survey of undergraduates at five schools across the United States indicates that many undergraduates feel that they have learned more about volcanic systems from Hollywood films and the popular media than they learned in the course of their precollegiate formal education. Scores on the Volcanic Concept Survey, an instrument designed to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Interests, Physical Geography, Films
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Wolter, Bjorn H. K.; Lundeberg, Mary A.; Kang, Hosun; Herreid, Clyde F. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
The authors explored whether a new pedagogy using personal response systems (clickers) along with case study teaching improved students' perceptions of their understanding of science in large introductory biology classrooms. Twelve faculty from nine institutions and 1,457 students across the United States and Canada participated in this study.…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices
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Bautista, Nazan Uludag; Schussler, Elisabeth E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Students need to reflect on the practice of science to fully understand the nature of science (NOS), which is an important component of scientific literacy. In this paper, the authors describe how to implement an explicit and reflective pedagogy in college science laboratories and share examples from their implementation in a multiple-section…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Laboratories, Scientific Principles, College Science
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Mabrouk, Patricia; McIntyre, Ryan; Virrankoski, Milena; Jeliffe, Kirsten – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
Undergraduate research (UR) is widely promoted by faculty, administrators, institutions of higher learning, government laboratories, private industry, professional associations, and funding agencies as an effective method of training college students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Internet, Research Skills, Student Research
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Yadav, Aman; Lundeberg, Mary; DeSchryver, Michael; Dirkin, Kathryn; Schiller, Nancy A.; Maier, Kimberly; Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
To understand more about faculty perceptions of the instructional benefits of and barriers to using case studies, the authors surveyed 101 science faculty at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada. The results provided evidence that, overall, faculty think cases have a positive impact on student learning, critical thinking, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Technology, Science Instruction
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Tai, Robert H.; Sadler, Philip M.; Mintzes, Joel J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
In this paper, the authors report some of the salient findings of a large-scale, four-year national study, conducted at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, entitled "Factors Influencing College Science Success" (FICSS), which surveyed college students who enrolled in first-year biology, chemistry, and physics courses…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Achievement, Success
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Dinan, Frank J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
This interrupted case study, developed for an honors seminar and a nonmajors chemistry course, is based on data taken from a series of published research articles. The case explores the unintended side effects of chemicals introduced into the environment, specifically organic compounds that can act as environmental estrogens. Students examine the…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Herbicides, Case Studies, Environmental Influences
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005
An international team that includes researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has discovered that mammalian chromosomes have evolved by breaking at specific sites rather than randomly as long thought--and that many of the breakage hot spots are also involved in human…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Scientists, Cancer
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Iimoto, Devin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005
A course on AIDS presents many interdisciplinary opportunities as well as interactive pedagogies. In an AIDS course at Whittier College, students learn about the biological basis and epidemiology of the disease, tackle current policy issues in the United States, and study the effect of the disease in Africa.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Epidemiology, Diseases