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Welsh, Ashley J.; Shaw, Amber; Fox, Joanne A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
This article explores how English-language learners' writing evolved during a first-year seminar in science course aimed at developing students' argumentation skills. We highlight how a science communications course was paired with a weekly academic English course in the context of a highly coordinated and enriched first-year experience program…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, English Language Learners
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Rieger, Georg W.; Heiner, Cynthia E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
We used surveys and classroom observations to examine student reactions to two-stage exams, where students first do the exam individually and then redo it collaboratively. Our results show why both students and instructors appreciate this examination format: Two-stage collaborative examinations are relatively easy to implement, have a high…
Descriptors: Surveys, Observation, Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction
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Welsh, Ashley J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
This paper examines students' mixed perceptions of the use of active learning techniques in undergraduate science lectures. Written comments from over 250 students offered an in-depth view of why students perceive these techniques as helping or hindering their learning and experience. Fourth- and fifth-year students were more likely to view…
Descriptors: Expectation, Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Barrett, Sarah Elizabeth; Hazari, Zahra; Fatholahzadeh, Baharak; Harrison, David M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Many students enrolled in university physics have little interest in the subject matter, a trend more pronounced in females. This study assesses students' conceptual understanding and interest during the electrochemistry unit of a physics course for nonphysics majors that was revised in light of consistently low ratings from its students. The…
Descriptors: Physics, Majors (Students), Chemistry, Student Attitudes
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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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Simon, Beth; Taylor, Jared – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
The authors examined student and faculty opinions regarding the use of detailed learning goals in three courses. Students reported the use of learning goals to be positive, aiding them with studying, in lectures, and in determining the important material to learn. Likewise, faculty indicated that using learning goals was a positive experience,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Science Curriculum
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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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Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005
This article is a retrospective look at how the folks in business schools look at the case method for they have been at this business a long time and have produced beaucoup cases. The author features the books by the Canadian authors on case study teaching in business. The case method described by the authors is a discussion-based learning…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Business Education, Active Learning, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Last, Arthur M.; And Others – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Describes an innovative freshman chemistry program in which course sequences have been designed to accommodate students with strong or weak chemistry backgrounds or with no previous chemistry at all. Includes information on courses offered, instructional strategies, and laboratory examinations. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Program Descriptions, Science Curriculum
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Kennepohl, Dietmar; Last, Arthur M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1997
Explores some of the problems that may be encountered by an institution when trying to design science courses for delivery at a distance. Describes solutions to these problems that have been adopted by Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. (DDR)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Foreign Countries
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1987
Discusses the results of a study on the limitations of short-term memory in terms of its implications for the teaching of chemistry and problem-solving skills. Also includes a description of the Saskatchewan life skills program for disadvantaged adults for coping with change. (ML)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Adult Education, Chemistry, Coping