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Metzger, Kelsey J.; Smith, Brittany A.; Brown, Ethan; Soneral, Paula A. G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study describes the development and implementation of an iterative diagnostic and intervention routine designed to elicit and quantitatively describe aspects of student metacognition, affect, and study habits in a first-year undergraduate biology course. The Student Metacognition, Affect, and Study Habits (SMASH) inventory is a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Metacognition
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Walker, J. D.; Wassenberg, Deena; Franta, Gabriel; Cotner, Sehoya – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Certain scientific conclusions are controversial, in that they are rejected by a substantial proportion of nonscientists despite an overwhelming scientific consensus. Science educators are motivated to help students understand the evidence behind the scientific consensus on these matters and to move students' views into alignment with those held…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Resistance (Psychology), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Scientific Attitudes
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Gross, Deborah; Iverson, Ellen; Willett, Gudrun; Manduca, Cathryn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article describes two cohort programs that were used to support students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields at Carleton College. These programs were designed to support three aspects of student development: students' drive to succeed in STEM fields; students' sense of belonging in their student cohorts, in the college, in the STEM…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Sciences, Science Achievement, Science Instruction
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Pellegrini, John J.; Jansen, Elizabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program introduces undergraduates to technology transfer in biomedical sciences by having teams of students from multiple disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, economics, and business) analyze inventions in development at the Mayo Clinic. Over 6 months, teams consult with inventors, intellectual property experts, and…
Descriptors: Innovation, Technology Transfer, Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences
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Cotner, Sehoya; Loper, Jessica; Walker, J. D.; Brooks, D. Christopher – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Several institutions have redesigned traditional learning spaces to better realize the potential of active, experiential learning. We compare student performance in traditional and active learning classrooms in a large, introductory biology course using the same syllabus, course goals, exams, and instructor. Using ACT scores as predictive, we…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Classroom Design, Introductory Courses
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Chaplin, Susan B.; Hartung, Nancy Z. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
A capstone to the biology introductory curriculum was developed with the specific goals of enhancing integration of course content, promoting development of oral presentation skills and critical reading and thinking skills, and introducing ecological principles omitted from the rest of the core. Classes of 12 to 16 students were team taught by…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Biology, Criticism, Feedback (Response)
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Bland, Mark W.; Moore, Randy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
To assess current trends of evolution instruction in high schools of the mid-South, we invited Arkansas high school biology teachers from across the state to respond to a survey designed to address this issue. We also asked students enrolled in a freshman-level, nonmajors biology course at a midsize public Arkansas university to recall their…
Descriptors: Evolution, High Schools, Creationism, Biology
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Van Wylen, David G. L.; Walczak, Mary M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
This study assessed the impact of science teaching laboratories designed with visual connections to spaces outside the laboratory, either to interior spaces or to the outdoors. Specifically, we assessed (1) student perceptions of interdisciplinarity, (2) the ability to stay focused, and (3) the environment for student learning. Student surveys…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Science Laboratories, Peer Teaching, Student Attitudes
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Desy, Elizabeth; Peterson, Scott; Brockman, Vicky – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
Attitudes toward science may develop as early as middle school and often differ between genders. Do these gender-based differences in attitude persist into the college years? In a survey of 376 university students, male students reported a stronger self-concept, more motivation, and more enjoyment of science than did female students, and female…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, College Students, Higher Education, Nonmajors
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Moore, Randy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
In this study, the author examined how attendance in the lab is associated with students' lab grades and overall course grades in an introductory biology course. Results from this study indicate that academic motivation, as expressed by high rates of class attendance, is critical to students' success in introductory science courses. The highest…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Academic Achievement, Attendance, Biology
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Jensen, Philip A.; Moore, Randy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
In this study, the authors analyzed how students' grades in high school biology courses are associated with their predicted and actual grades in college courses. The results of the study revealed a disconnect between high school and college biology courses. High school students are not well-served by high grades in high school courses that are not…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grades (Scholastic), Biology, Prediction
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Krufka, Alison; Evarts, Susan; Wilson, Chester – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
The case presented in this article is an exploration of the process of natural selection using white clover ("Trifolium repens") as an example. In general, two forms of white clover can be found around the world in various habitats. One type has plain green leaves and the other type produces cyanide as a defense against herbivores and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Case Studies, Plants (Botany), High Schools
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Grossman, Julie; Cooper, Terrence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2004
This article describes a course that integrates environmental science students into local community organizations. Despite initially high expectations, students who completed the course held negative opinions about their experience because of inadequate community partner preparation. Based on the course's successes and challenges, in this article,…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Community Organizations, Environmental Education, Partnerships in Education
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Chaplin, Susan B.; Manske, Jill M.; Cruise, Jennifer L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1998
Discusses the merits of investigative labs and how they change the role of students from passive direction followers to more creative and analytical thinkers. Focuses on the University of Minnesota's program in the Virgin Islands that involves undergraduates in research. (DDR)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Foreign Countries, Genetics