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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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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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Leszczynski, Eliza; Monahan, Ceire; Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Students in a beginning level undergraduate classical mechanics course engaged in collaborative inquiry through the "Windwalker Project". The aim of this project was for students to create a free-standing movable structure as a way of testing and applying their understanding of the conceptual and theoretical elements of the course. This…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mechanics (Physics), Cooperative Learning, Science Activities
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Kaya, Erdogan; Newley, Anna; Deniz, Hasan; Yesilyurt, Ezgi; Newley, Patrick – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Engineering has become an important subject in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which have raised engineering design to the same level as scientific inquiry when teaching science disciplines at all levels. Therefore, preservice elementary teachers (PSTs) need to know how to integrate the engineering design process (EDP) into their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Robotics, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Vaughn, Ashley R.; Robbins, Jennifer R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Evolutionary theory is a central tenet of biological science, and it is essential for all science teachers, early childhood through secondary, to have a clear understanding of not only the science behind evolution, but also the legal precedents for teaching evolution in the classroom. This study examines the effectiveness of a curriculum on…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Evolution, Public Schools
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Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana; Perry, Kristen H.; Presley, Jennifer B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This article describes factors that influence the success of collaborations involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Education faculty at research-focused universities who work toward postsecondary STEM education improvement. We provide insight into how interdisciplinary faculty may successfully collaborate given…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cooperation, College Faculty
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Strimaitis, Anna M.; Schellinger, Jennifer; Jones, Anthony; Grooms, Jonathon; Sampson, Victor – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
Students need to learn how to engage in several scientific practices in order to be considered proficient in science. Many of these practices are needed to evaluate scientific claims made in the popular media. Yet, there are few instruments available that science educators can use to assess whether students can apply what they know about…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Instruction, Mass Media, Test Construction
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Tessier, Jack – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Cell phones have become ubiquitous in society, but they are typically seen as a problem in the classroom. This study was designed to assess the perspective of students regarding the use of cell phones as academic tools in the classroom. The author encouraged students to use their cell phones in an environmental issues course to find data and other…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Handheld Devices, Classroom Environment, Environmental Education
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Jarvinen, Michael Keith; Jarvinen, Lamis Zaher; Sheehan, Danielle N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Today's undergraduates are highly engaged in a variety of social media outlets. Given their comfort with technology, we wondered if we could use this phenomenon to teach science-related material. We asked students to use freeware to make a short video with text, images, and music as a way to explain scientific concepts that are traditionally…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Video Technology, Scientific Concepts, Experiential Learning
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Huang, Xiang; Kalman, Calvin S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Reflective writing is a student-centered approach widely used in science and engineering courses that helps students develop a holistic scientific mindset. We present a multiple case study in two science courses in which students engaged in reflective writing. The goal of this study was to explore relationships between students' performance found…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Reflection, Student Centered Curriculum, Holistic Approach
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Fox, Cecilia M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
Three local colleges in the Lehigh Valley collaborate on a service-learning project called Brain Awareness Day to enhance neuroscience literacy among the public regarding the functions of the brain and benefits of brain research. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Service Learning, Brain, Learning Experience, Literacy
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Phillips, Martha; Gildensoph, Lynne H.; Myers, Marcella J.; Norton, Cynthia G.; Olson, Andrea M.; Wygal, Deborah D.; Tweeten, Kathleen A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2007
This article provides some tips for success in facilitating teamwork. Working collaboratively is common in science and the functioning of teams has a large impact on both the implementation of a research project and student satisfaction with the experience. The strategies are divided into what can be done to minimize problems from the start and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biology, Teamwork, Science Instruction
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Singh, Chandralekha – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2002
The author and colleagues have designed an Exploration Center to supplement lecture-oriented teaching in large introductory physics courses. At the center, students perform hands-on homework problems derived from lecture demonstrations. The style of exploration problems is conceptual and open ended. Methods are discussed for integrating…
Descriptors: Homework, Physics, Lecture Method, Science Curriculum
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DeLorenzo, Ronald – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Presents a simple, 10-item quiz designed to make students aware that they must learn laboratory safety. The items include questions on acid/base accidents, several types of fire extinguishers, and safety glassses. Answers and some explanations are included. (DH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, High Schools, Higher Education
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Zoller, Uri – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
The Individualized Eclectic Examination is described. The format, design, and philosophy of the examination that emphasizes problem solving are discussed. Sample questions, student projects, and an illustration of the implementation of the exam are included. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Problem Solving, Science and Society
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