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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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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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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