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McDonald, Kelly K.; Martin, Allison R.; Watters, Cody P.; Landerholm, Thomas E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Many studies illustrate the positive influences of undergraduate research experiences on student learning, attitudes, and retention in the sciences. At our institution, over 90% of the biology majors surveyed reported a desire to participate in undergraduate research, but only 3% per year have the opportunity to work in a traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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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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Boltax, Ariana L.; Kosinski-Collins, Melissa S.; Pontrello, Jason K. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article describes the development of a model for an optional, research-based course that bridges two existing, traditionally separate, introductory science courses. This research course provided freedom for students to design and implement new experiments on the basis of technical foundations built from enrollment in separate introductory…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Teaching Models, Student Research, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Cervato, Cinzia; Gallus, William; Flory, Dave; Moss, Elizabeth; Slade, Michael; Kawaler, Steve; Marengo, Massimo; Woo, Keith; Krumhardt, Barbara; Clough, Mike; Campbell, Alexis; Acerbo, Martin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Lab components of undergraduate science courses typically have students complete highly directed cookbook-like laboratory activities. These experiences rarely engage students in a meaningful manner and do not accurately convey what the work of science entails. With funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), we have created more…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Student Experience
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Rogers, Michael; Keller, Luke D .; Price, Matthew F.; Crouse, Andrew – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Education research provides a range of curricular reform options that can lead to improved student course outcomes. These options can appear easy to implement with the hope of immediate increases in student learning. In 2006 the Ithaca College Physics Department went down this path by moving all of their 100-level courses out of lecture halls and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Program Implementation, Introductory Courses, Physics
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Gerrish, Gretchen A.; Sanderfoot, Anton; King-Heiden, Tisha; Abler, Mike; Perez, Kathryn E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The authors wanted to improve student learning of evolutionary concepts by integrating content across the biology major. In this article they describe the process used to develop support among members of the department and administration to implement and measure the outcomes of curricular reforms.
Descriptors: College Students, Majors (Students), Biology, Scientific Concepts
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Hanson, Pamela K.; Stultz, Laura – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Many science educators know of the pedagogical benefits of inquiry- and research-based labs, yet numerous barriers to implementation exist. In this article we describe a faculty development workshop that explored interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations as potential mechanisms for overcoming barriers to curricular innovation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Science, Science Instruction, Workshops
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Raimondi, Stacey L.; Marsh, Tamara L.; Arriola, Paul E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
"Vision and Change," a publication by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has illustrated the need for curricular change within biology departments across the nation. Yet despite this apparent need for change, many institutions have been slow to move for a number of reasons, perhaps most significant among them is a…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Biology, College Science
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Scott, Pamela; Pentecost, Thomas C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
How does the degree of inquiry-based laboratory instruction impact student performance and student perseverance in the laboratory portion of a first-semester general chemistry course? The implementation of a new first-semester general chemistry laboratory curriculum provided an opportunity to address this question. A modified version of…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Academic Achievement
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Kazempour, Mahsa; Amirshokoohi, Aidin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article discusses the key components of a reform-based introductory undergraduate environmental science course for nonscience majors and elementary teacher candidates as well as the impact of such components on the participants. The main goals for the course were to actively engage the students in their learning and, in doing so, to enhance…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Environmental Education, Undergraduate Study, Curriculum Development
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Murphy, Tony P.; Mancini-Samuelson, Gina J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
A collaborative of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and education faculty developed a STEM certificate aimed at elementary education majors. A four-phase process model was used to create and evaluate courses. The certificate is comprised of three interdisciplinary, team-taught, lab-based courses: Environmental Biology,…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Education Majors, STEM Education, Competency Based Teacher Education
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Sadler, Troy D.; Puig, Ana; Trutschel, Brian K. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
In the process of working through evaluation of efforts to transform undergraduate laboratory experiences at our institution, we developed a protocol for observing laboratory learning environments that could be used in varying institutional contexts. We began using the Instructional Practices Inventory and found many strengths in this protocol but…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories, Teaching Methods
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Gormally, Cara; Brickman, Peggy; Hallar, Brittan; Armstrong, Norris – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Inquiry-based instruction is widely promoted to increase both students' conceptual understanding and their engagement in course content. What this means for day-to-day practices in the classroom is more elusive. Instructors adopting inquiry-based curricula often are unaware of the typical instructional challenges they may face. In particular,…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Course Content, Science Laboratories, Biology
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Sirum, Karen L.; Madigan, Dan; Kilionsky, Daniel J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
Significant challenges to education transformation in lecture-oriented science departments include initiating and supporting a dialogue about teaching and learning among faculty whose priorities are primarily research. The authors established a faculty learning community through which participants made significant changes to how they think about…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Science Departments, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development
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Karsai, Istvan; Knisley, Jeff – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
To form and orchestrate intelligent groups is a real challenge for 21st-century education and research. In this paper the authors show how a regional state university was able to facilitate interdisciplinary research and education through forming an interdisciplinary institute. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Biology, Higher Education, Cooperation
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