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O'Toole, Erin M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
When thinking of collaborating with campus partners on activities to increase the retention of students in science majors, who comes to mind? Usually other academic departments--but are science librarians included? Academic librarians are charged with supporting retention on university and college campuses. However, what exactly can science…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, STEM Education
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Cagle, Nicolette L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Historically, societies have relied on universities and colleges to provide a space for young citizens to experiment with and explore the innovative approaches needed to address contemporary problems. Yet today, many universities serve as diploma mills that succeed in getting students onto the job market, but fail to give those students tools for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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McDonald, James T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue discusses tools of formative assessment.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, College Science, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Cohen, Jeremy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue discusses the importance of the insights that are gained through neuroscience research.
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Scientific Research, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Stover, Shawn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue discusses the value of traditional lecturing.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Lecture Method, Conventional Instruction, Science Instruction
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Paldy, Lester G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article discusses the challenges of keeping international students involved in class activities.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods
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Allen, Casey D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
The author makes a case for fieldwork as having a strong capacity for increasing both science and nonscience majors' abilities to learn complex concepts, with the added benefit of actively engaging minority and female students in science.
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Activities, Field Studies, Educational Needs
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Wright, Steven M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
In this article, the author reflects on chemistry teaching in the next century. He questions--Was anything he taught in his fundamental chemistry course of value? And, how will our current understanding of the molecular world change during his students' lifetimes? It reminded him of a pseudo-quote he remembered from his own university…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Teachers, Personal Narratives
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Metty, Jane – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
While circulating the room during a classroom activity where preservice teachers are required to teach a mini-lesson to their classmates, Jane Metty's ear was drawn to one particular group where a student asked, "What color is blood?"--and heard the student teacher confidently answer, "Blue." She then began to wonder where…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, College Faculty, Misconceptions, Human Body
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Ribbens, Eric – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Eric Ribbens is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. In this piece, he writes of his observations about the first day of school. After the summer quiet is replaced with noise, motion, smells, and anticipation, students shuffle through the halls again, and all over the building…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, College Science
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Likkel, Lauren – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
The online writing software Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is a useful tool for assigning writing assignments in large college classes. In this system, students submit essays online and are guided in how to rate essays using criteria written by the instructor. The instructor does not have to grade the essays, and CPR has educational benefits that…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Internet, College Science, Essays
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Raje, Sonali – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
"Think outside the box" is a very common phrase, routinely used to convey the idea of finding creative and unconventional solutions to problems. Although widely used as a cliche in the business world, this phrase is significantly applicable to people who do science for a living, because scientists are constantly developing and testing new ideas.…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Scientists
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Henderson, Charles; Finkelstein, Noah; Beach, Andrea – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education community there are repeated calls for the reform of undergraduate teaching. Resulting change efforts often focus on developing and disseminating specific instructional ideas and practices to individual faculty. However, in this paper, the authors argue that these efforts…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Science Education, Technology Education
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Russell, Connie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
We've all gotten them--the student emails that make you question your decision to get into this profession. The title of this column says it all. If we want students to meet our expectations, we must give them instruction on what we expect. Technology should be used to help us meet our academic goals, not just to cater to students' love of…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Electronic Mail, College Students
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French, Donald P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
One of the major concerns in higher education is the need for more accountability on the part of institutions so that members of the public know what they are getting for their tax or tuition dollars. There has been increased call for institutions of higher education to improve their efficiency if they are to remain affordable. In this article,…
Descriptors: Specialization, Educational Quality, Time Management, Higher Education
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