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Dansereau, David; Carmichael, L. E.; Hotson, Brian – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
An important foundational skill developed in an undergraduate science program is the ability to find, critically evaluate, and communicate scientific information. Effective science communication depends on good writing; therefore, we leveraged student support services offered by the Writing Centre and Academic Communications, in conjunction with…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Writing Skills, Content Area Writing, Biology
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Moore, Virginia J.; Prewitt, Elizabeth Mitchell; Carpenter-McCullough, Amber Jean; Whitworth, Brooke A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
With an overwhelming amount of research and a demand for collaborative learning in the classroom, teachers are tackling challenges at all educational levels that often accompany the social aspects of group work. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an instructional sequence that shifts instruction from teacher lecture to small-group learning. Through the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Shellito, Cindy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
Students in introductory college science courses often have a simplified understanding of the scientific method. To introduce students to the complexity of the scientific process and the value of empirical observations, I implemented a semester-long assignment that required introductory-level college science students to build and calibrate weather…
Descriptors: Weather, College Science, Measurement Equipment, Science Equipment
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Wolfson, Adele J.; Armstrong, Justin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2020
First-Year Seminars (FYS) offer a unique mode of introducing college students to new topics, research practices, and approaches to learning that they may not have been exposed to in high school. In this article, we outline the successes and challenges of team teaching a combined cultural anthropology and biochemistry course on the topic of blood,…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Interdisciplinary Approach, First Year Seminars, Anthropology
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Smith-Peavler, Emily; Gardner, Grant E.; Otter, Ryan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Visual representations of physical and natural phenomena are important components of the teaching and learning of biology. In current undergraduate biology classrooms, visual representations are most often provided to students on PowerPoint slides. This study focuses on the use of, and perceptions about, PowerPoint in undergraduate introductory…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Brigati, Jennifer; England, Benjamin J.; Schussler, Elisabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
In response to STEM education reform efforts, many instructors have incorporated active learning into their courses. However, the relationship between instructor justification to students about the use of active learning and student perception of why instructors use active learning is largely unknown. To investigate instructor active learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, College Science
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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Wood, Philip Matchett; Bhute, Vijesh – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Online software systems are extensively used to give students practice on course content, especially in mathematics and physics courses. They offer instant feedback, and several of these systems are open source or very economical compared with hiring graders for traditional paper-and-pencil-based homework (PPH). In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Homework, Probability, Comparative Analysis
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Carscadden, Kelly A.; McDermott, Molly T; Turbek, Sheela P.; Tittes, Silas B.; Martin, Andrew P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
We describe a hands-on, collaborative activity designed to illustrate general properties of evolution, provide practice for quantitative skills, promote creativity and collaboration, and enable student self-assessment of learning. During the activity, teams construct bridges using common office supplies. The best-performing bridge becomes the…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Evolution
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Koenig, Kathleen; Wood, Krista E.; Bortner, Larry J.; Bao, Lei – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This article showcases how a physics lab course was successfully redesigned to promote important reasoning abilities not explicitly addressed in the typical college setting. Student development of such abilities is essential for sound decision making, particularly when living in an information age. Essential features of our guiding curricular…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Physics, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking
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Chavarga, Alla; Grandoit, Evan; Mayer, Shoshana; Elbulok-Charcape, Milushka; Domzalski, Alison C.; Horowitz, Gail; Rosales, Edith; Hackman, Natasha – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This article describes a quasi-experimental study conducted in two Organic Chemistry I classrooms at a diverse, urban, public university. The treatment group received an exam wrapper intervention, a series of four written exercises administered throughout the semester designed to enhance students' academic self-regulation by promoting…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Study Habits
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Brown, Michael; DeMonbrun, Robert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Although peer interaction in the college classroom may benefit some students by developing peer networks for future collaborations, prior research has suggested that these relationships most often benefit students from overrepresented communities, while minoritized student populations may gain less from these experiences. In this article, we…
Descriptors: Physics, College Science, Help Seeking, White Students
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Campbell, Jacqueline M.; Malcos, Jennelle L.; Bortiatynski, Jacqueline M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Learning assistant (LA) programs have become increasingly popular at large universities striving to promote student engagement in the classroom. The LA program at the Pennsylvania State University was initiated in 2012 and has rapidly grown to over 500 LA positions per year. The purpose of this study was to gather LA and faculty member perceptions…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Educational Improvement, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education
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Park, Mihwa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This study explored students' evaluations of their introductory physics professors posted on RateMyProfessors.com. Data included 1,521 student written comments along with numerical ratings. Student-written comments were sorted into three groups based on their numerical ratings: good, average, and poor quality. Using a text-mining technique,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Students, College Faculty, Science Teachers
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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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