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Smith-Peavler, Emily; Gardner, Grant E.; Otter, Ryan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Visual representations of physical and natural phenomena are important components of the teaching and learning of biology. In current undergraduate biology classrooms, visual representations are most often provided to students on PowerPoint slides. This study focuses on the use of, and perceptions about, PowerPoint in undergraduate introductory…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Brigati, Jennifer; England, Benjamin J.; Schussler, Elisabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
In response to STEM education reform efforts, many instructors have incorporated active learning into their courses. However, the relationship between instructor justification to students about the use of active learning and student perception of why instructors use active learning is largely unknown. To investigate instructor active learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, College Science
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Huffmyer, Ariana S.; Lemus, Judith D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Student experience and achievement in undergraduate science courses is important for degree retention and generating interest in careers in STEM. Graduate student teaching assistants (GTAs) provide a majority of instruction in STEM laboratory courses at universities and play a critical role in the educational experience of students. Many GTAs…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students
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Campbell, Jacqueline M.; Malcos, Jennelle L.; Bortiatynski, Jacqueline M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Learning assistant (LA) programs have become increasingly popular at large universities striving to promote student engagement in the classroom. The LA program at the Pennsylvania State University was initiated in 2012 and has rapidly grown to over 500 LA positions per year. The purpose of this study was to gather LA and faculty member perceptions…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Educational Improvement, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education
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Dahlberg, Caroline L.; Wiggins, Benjamin L.; Lee, Suzanne R.; Leaf, David S.; Lily, Leah S.; Jordt, Hannah; Johnson, Tiara J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Reflection and recalibration, two key hallmarks of metacognition, are important elements of productive problem solving in scientific research. Often, training in these skills is obtained informally through direct exposure to independent research after college. Although some undergraduate students participate in extra- or co-curricular research…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Problem Solving, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Petto, Andrew J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
In very large lecture classes, student engagement is always a challenge, and many instructors use electronic student response systems (SRS) to promote student engagement and active learning. The conventional wisdom in using student response systems is that the technology matters less than the pedagogy; it is the added value of the instructor that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology
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Park, Mihwa – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
This study explored students' evaluations of their introductory physics professors posted on RateMyProfessors.com. Data included 1,521 student written comments along with numerical ratings. Student-written comments were sorted into three groups based on their numerical ratings: good, average, and poor quality. Using a text-mining technique,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Students, College Faculty, Science Teachers
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Newton, Genevieve; Rajakaruna, Rebecca; Kulak, Verena; Albabish, William; Gilley, Brett H.; Ritchie, Kerry – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Two-stage collaborative testing is an assessment strategy that involves students initially writing a test individually and then immediately afterward writing the same (or similar) test again in groups. Current evidence shows that two-stage testing improves performance on multiple-choice tests as well as short-term retention of material, but little…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Biochemistry
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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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Smith, Gary A.; Stark, Audriana; Sanchez, Julie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
A phenomenographic study at a research university identified five categories of description for how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) instructors conceptualize the design and redesign of undergraduate courses. These categories form a hierarchical outcomes space with increasing complexity of awareness of the phenomenon. The…
Descriptors: College Science, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Curriculum Design
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Moy, Magdalene K.; Hammrich, Penny L.; Kabnick, Karen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
As undergraduate institutions rely more heavily on teaching assistants (TAs) they are simultaneously encouraging implementation of course-based research experiences (CBREs). Due to the dynamic nature of CBREs, it is challenging to assign novice TAs to instruct these types of classes. A 10-week CBRE was designed to guide both TAs and their students…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Training
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Kaya, Erdogan; Newley, Anna; Yesilyurt, Esgi; Deniz, Hasan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) underscore the importance of including engineering design process (EDP) within the science curriculum. The Framework and the NGSS raised engineering design to the level of scientific inquiry in an attempt to prepare a STEM-literate workforce for the 21st…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Engineering Education
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Co, Elizabeth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Critical thinking skills are sought after in the workforce and are often included in course, departmental, and programmatic learning objectives. However, in the curriculum of many courses we tend to focus on content rather than on fostering the growth of the cognitive skills needed to improve critical thinking ability. Further, skills are…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Critical Thinking, Lecture Method, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Marshall, Jill A.; Banner, Jay L.; You, Hye Sun – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This study investigated the interaction of disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in a team-taught, first-year, interdisciplinary sustainability course. We surveyed (pre/post) both STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and non-STEM majors (N = 241), assessing attitudes and content knowledge. Responses were analyzed using…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, College Freshmen, Team Teaching
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Turner, Ken L., Jr.; Hoffman, Adam R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Engineering design is an ideal perspective for engaging students in college science classes. An engineering design problem-solving framework was used to create a general chemistry lab activity focused on an important environmental issue--dead zones. Dead zones impact over 400 locations around the world and are a result of nutrient pollution, one…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Engineering, Design
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