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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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Petrosino, Anthony J.; Mann, Michele J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Although data modeling, the employment of statistical reasoning for the purpose of investigating questions about the world, is central to both mathematics and science, it is rarely emphasized in K-16 instruction. The current work focuses on developing thinking about data modeling with undergraduates in general and preservice teachers in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Data
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Dark, Marta L.; Hylton, Derrick J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article describes a general education course offering, Physics and the Arts. During the development of this course, physics and arts faculty collaborated closely. We cover the usual physics phenomena for such a course--light, color, and sound--in addition to gravity, equilibrium, and spacetime. Goals of the course are to increase students'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Art Education, General Education
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Mineweaser, Lindsey; Accetta, Danielle; Noonan, Dalton – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" explicitly endorse argumentation as essential practices for K-12 science classrooms because it can concurrently engage the learners in the coordination of conceptual, epistemic, and social goals. It is important to develop students' capacities to interpret information and data to reasonable…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Inquiry, Science Activities
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Grossman, Gary D.; Simon, Troy N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
We evaluated student perceptions of an inquiry-based, karaoke video exercise in six university classes ranging from first year to graduate level. Students created a 3-4 minute karaoke video on a topic relevant to class. Student responses to the project based on questionnaires and triangulation interviews were strongly positive. Students did not…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Inquiry, Active Learning, Ecology
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Prince, Annabel N.; Pitts, Wesley B.; Parkin, David W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
In this exploratory case study, we consider how students in an undergraduate biochemistry class engaged in the process of argumentation within an inquiry-oriented learning environment to investigate a chemical mechanism in a particular part of the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Audio/video recordings of student groups during the mechanism discussion…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Biochemistry
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Baze, Christina L.; Gray, Ron – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Inquiry methods have been successful in improving science literacy in students of all ages. Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) is an instructional model that engages students in the practices of science through the collaborative development of scientific models to explain an anchoring phenomenon. Student ideas are tested through engagement in content-rich…
Descriptors: Models, Inquiry, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Otfinowski, Rafael; Silva-Opps, Marina – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Analytical writing enhances retention of science learning and is integral to student-centered classrooms. Despite this, scientific writing in undergraduate programs is often presented as a series of sentence-level conventions of grammar, syntax, and citation formats, reinforcing students' perceptions of its highly prescriptive nature. The authors…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Scientific Literacy, Content Area Writing
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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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Steinberg, Richard; Wyner, Yael; Borman, Greg; Salame, Issa I. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This study reports on targeted science courses for undergraduate childhood education majors. We describe an inquiry-oriented, three-course sequence spanning physical, life, and environmental science. All three courses are hands-on and are designed to reflect the content and pedagogy most important to future elementary school teachers.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students)
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Lysne, Steven; Miller, Brant – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The purpose of this article is to describe a model for teaching introductory biology coursework within the Vision and Change framework (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011). The intent of the new model is to transform instruction by adopting an active, student-centered, and inquiry-based pedagogy consistent with Vision and…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Science Instruction
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Miele, Eleanor – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
The Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST) is a tool to assess stereotypical imagery of scientists. This paper describes the use of the DAST as both a model for inquiry and as a method of assessing the affective domain. The DAST was administered in a science education methods course for undergraduate students of elementary education, a methods course for…
Descriptors: Scientists, Social Attitudes, Stereotypes, Science Instruction
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Stroud, Mary W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This study explores the use of Photovoice as a pedagogical tool in two introductory undergraduate chemistry courses for nonscience majors. Photovoice, historically linked to participatory action research, is a qualitative mode of inquiry in which the perspectives provided in narratives and pictures are generally personal, subjective, and unique.…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry, Teaching Methods
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Yarnall, Louise; Fusco, Judi – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
If college science instructors are to use inquiry practices more in the classroom, they need both professional support to foster comfort with the pedagogy and practical ways to engage students in inquiry. Over a semester, we studied 13 community college biology instructors as they adopted bioinformatics problem-based learning (PBL) modules in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students
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DeChenne, Sue Ellen; Carew, Jenna; Stains, Marilyne – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
The discipline-based education research (DBER) report from the National Research Council (2012) highlighted the existence of a research-practice gap in science instruction in higher education and the need to identify strategies to close it. This study hypothesizes that one potential factor is instructors' access to research-based…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Science, Theory Practice Relationship, Higher Education
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