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Pawloski, Jamie; Shabram, Patrick – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Community colleges enroll almost half of U.S. undergraduates and were predicted to produce 12% of the workforce for STEM professions in 2018. Half of these students are the first in their families to attend college and therefore are more likely unfamiliar with the steps required to transfer to four-year universities or internship programs.…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Learner Engagement, STEM Education
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Moy, Magdalene K.; Hammrich, Penny L.; Kabnick, Karen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
As undergraduate institutions rely more heavily on teaching assistants (TAs) they are simultaneously encouraging implementation of course-based research experiences (CBREs). Due to the dynamic nature of CBREs, it is challenging to assign novice TAs to instruct these types of classes. A 10-week CBRE was designed to guide both TAs and their students…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Training
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Idsardi, Robert; Hahn, Daniel A.; Bokor, Julie R.; Luft, Julie A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Science faculty are being asked to create active learning experiences that engage students in core concepts and science practices. This article describes an approach to developing active learning lessons from authentic science research projects using the 5E lesson format. Included is a description of the 5Es and a template for creating a 5E…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Active Learning
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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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Kim, Young Ae; Cox, Jonathan; Southard, Katelyn M.; Elfring, Lisa; Blowers, Paul; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Formative assessment has been shown to be a critical activity for promoting meaningful understanding in the classroom. Systematic engagement in formative assessment helps instructors to develop a clearer picture of where students stand in relation to the learning objectives of the course. However, college instructors teaching large-enrollment STEM…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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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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Radlof, Jeffrey D.; Guzey, Selcen; Eichinger, David; Capobianco, Brenda M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This study examines the initial integration of engineering design in an introductory preservice elementary biology content course using a life science design task focused on composting. The task, informed by a three-dimensional learning approach, required preservice teachers to research and model the process and use of composting to help the…
Descriptors: Biology, Engineering, Design, Introductory Courses
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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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Lee, Tammy D.; Glass, Bonnie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
National science education documents emphasize new learning outcomes of elementary students; therefore, the preparation of elementary teachers should be revised to meet these challenges. This article describes how science educators at a large southeastern university developed specialized science training for elementary preservice teachers (EPSTs)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Methods Courses
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Kamen, Emma; Leri, Alessandra – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
At our small liberal arts college, we recently introduced a field trip-based course as a requirement for all first-year science majors. This course, entitled "The Urban Ecosystem," explores various aspects of science and technology using our city (New York) as a case study. Beyond its curricular content, the Urban Ecosystem course has…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, STEM Education, Academic Persistence, Field Trips
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Callens, Melissa Vosen; Kelter, Paul; Motschenbacher, Jill; Nyachwaya, James; Ladbury, Jared L.; Semanko, Anna M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Gateways-ND is a 5-year, National Science Foundation-funded effort directed toward three goals: maximizing the instructional effectiveness of postsecondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty by building expertise in learner-focused practice, positively impacting student success in STEM-based "gateway"…
Descriptors: Program Development, Program Implementation, Instructional Effectiveness, STEM Education
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