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Tamari, Farshad; Ho, Ivan Shun – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
To determine whether inquiry-based learning positively impacts undergraduate student learning and performance, we incorporated a guided inquiry-based activity (IBA) into two introductory and one upper level biology courses. We hypothesized that incorporation of IBA enhances student learning compared with noninquiry-based activities (NIBA). We…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Instructional Effectiveness, Community Colleges
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Bruck, Laura B.; Bruck, Aaron D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Recruitment and retention in the sciences is both difficult and crucial, especially in the community college setting. In this study, the resources used by General Chemistry I students at two different public, predominantly two-year colleges in two states were studied via surveys for a semester. Data were analyzed with respect to student attitudes…
Descriptors: Study Habits, Chemistry, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Baze, Christina L.; Gray, Ron – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Inquiry methods have been successful in improving science literacy in students of all ages. Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) is an instructional model that engages students in the practices of science through the collaborative development of scientific models to explain an anchoring phenomenon. Student ideas are tested through engagement in content-rich…
Descriptors: Models, Inquiry, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Keller, Charles; Hendrix, Tonya; Xu, Na; Porter-Morgan, Holly; Brashears, Allie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A variety of factors contribute to attrition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the community college level including underpreparedness, lack of confidence, and broader socioeconomic issues. This work describes our efforts to improve student learning and overall success in a community college General Biology I…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Laboratory Equipment, Intervention
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Tuthill, Matthew C.; Berestecky, John M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Studies consistently indicate that engaging students in research is successful in improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) retention and graduation rates. Given that nearly half of all U.S. students are enrolled in community colleges, and that 70% of those enrolled are either women or underrepresented ethnicities, these campuses…
Descriptors: Student Research, Undergraduate Study, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Lysne, Steven J.; Miller, Brant G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Active instructional approaches have been demonstrated to result in greater student achievement, prompting institutions to transition to more active learning environments. However, little work has been conducted to specifically measure the retention of knowledge gained. The purpose of the research presented here was to test assumptions regarding…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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Keller, Charles – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Community colleges serve the noble mission of making higher education accessible to a broader spectrum of society than traditional 4-year institutions. A side effect of this broad access is a lower level of student preparedness for success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. This work describes our efforts to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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Bennett, Steve; Gotwals, Amelia Wenk – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Science education reform documents call for students to learn science by engaging in inquiry and using science practices. One such science practice is constructing evidence-based explanations. Few students enter community college science classrooms having experience with, or being proficient in, using evidence to explain scientific phenomena.…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Science Laboratories
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Gonzalez, Beatriz – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The author discusses an Introduction to Biology course they created. The course was designed by following the recommendations from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report, which stresses the need for engaging students through hands-on and student-centered activities. In the course, students perform…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Online Courses
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Ellerton, Sharon; Carmona, Naydu; Tsimounis, Areti – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
There is an urgent need to increase K-12 science knowledge and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) preparedness for college. State and national data suggest a strong correlation between student performance in STEM subjects and student socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. Queensborough Community College (QCC) is situated…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Honors Curriculum, Service Learning
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Tanski, Anne E.; Bobick, Sandra; Mosley-Turner, Katherine; Garofalo, Giovanni – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Given biotechnology's emergence as a major competitor in the Pittsburgh region, critically linking education to industry through the Community College of Allegheny County's Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative (BWC) provided a well-trained workforce. The collaborative also sought to increase the number of women in the sciences, specifically…
Descriptors: Social Work, Caseworkers, Counselor Role, Cohort Analysis
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Miller, Dionne A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This study investigated how students in an urban 2-year college used self-regulation strategies in a General Chemistry I course and whether their use was correlated with both performance and the ability to correctly predict performance on a course exam. The 142 students enrolled in all 10 sections of the course were asked to complete the Motivated…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Investigations, Chemistry, Self Management
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Langley, William – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
An individual faculty can mentor students doing undergraduate research. Such an endeavor represents a substantial commitment of time and effort on the part of the faculty who would like to mentor a substantial number of students, want to use time and materials as efficiently as possible, and want the students and the program to receive…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Two Year Colleges, Student Research, Mentors
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Leggett-Robinson, Pamela M.; Villa, Brandi C.; Mooring, Suazette Reid – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article describes the implementation of an innovative undergraduate research model for students attending a two-year institution. It gives students an opportunity to engage in undergraduate research at nearby four-year institutions, which provides a foundation that allows them to successfully make the transition to STEM programs at the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Scharmann, Lawrence C.; Butler, Wilbert, Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Journal writing was introduced as a means to assess student learning and acceptance of evolutionary science in a nonmajors' biology course taught at a community college. Fourteen weeks of instruction were performed, each initiated by student-centered, in-class activities and culminated by a discussion, to elucidate tentative conclusions based on…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Teaching Methods, College Science, Science Achievement
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