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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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Casper, Anne Marie A.; Woodbury, Jacob M.; Davis, William B.; Offerdahl, Erika G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Recent studies have shown that sorting tasks are a useful tool both for measuring and aiding student learning as well as facilitating the transfer of knowledge to novel contexts. These tasks require students to categorize scenarios or information in new ways that facilitate connection making and deeper understanding. As such, sorting tasks…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Learning Activities, Active Learning
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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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Idsardi, Robert; Hahn, Daniel A.; Bokor, Julie R.; Luft, Julie A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Science faculty are being asked to create active learning experiences that engage students in core concepts and science practices. This article describes an approach to developing active learning lessons from authentic science research projects using the 5E lesson format. Included is a description of the 5Es and a template for creating a 5E…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Active Learning
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Wood, Philip Matchett; Bhute, Vijesh – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Online software systems are extensively used to give students practice on course content, especially in mathematics and physics courses. They offer instant feedback, and several of these systems are open source or very economical compared with hiring graders for traditional paper-and-pencil-based homework (PPH). In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Homework, Probability, Comparative Analysis
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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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Nagel, Megan; Lindsey, Beth – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
With only minimal changes to the course structure, classroom clickers were introduced in introductory chemistry to allow students to regularly compare their perceived abilities with their actual abilities, a measurement also known as calibration. Students used the clickers to provide knowledge judgments, an indication of their confidence in…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Introductory Courses, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Chemistry
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Moldwin, Mark B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Many large-lecture introductory science courses for nonscience majors do not have a lab component and hence do not provide much opportunity for students to engage in the practice of science. I have developed a new instructional activity called Dorm Room Labs that enables students to conduct hands-on activities as homework (or dorm room work) to…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, College Science, Science Laboratories, Nonmajors
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Herman, Geoffrey L.; Greene, Jennifer C.; Hahn, Laura D.; Mestre, Jose P.; Tomkin, Jonathan H.; West, Matthew – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
We describe a major transformation in teaching large introductory courses in the sciences and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, impacting over 17,000 students yearly. The transformation was emergent, not prescribed, and occurred through two programs that included both engineering and science departments. Working…
Descriptors: Research Universities, STEM Education, Educational Change, Instructional Innovation
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Barnard, Rachel A.; Boothe, Jordan R.; Salvatore, Joe; Emerson, Kelley; Boone, Allison; Sandler, Claire; Coppola, Brian P. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
An institutionalized program of peer-led study groups (PLSG) adds instructional power to our large-enrollment introductory organic chemistry courses. Concomitantly, there is a challenge to keep the instructional philosophy and subject matter coherent with the faculty expectations and goals across this diverse group of undergraduate instructors.…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, College Science, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction
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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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Forbes, Cory T.; Brozovic, Nicholas; Franz, Trenton E.; Lally, Diane E.; Petitt, Destini N. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
The most challenging global problems of our age involve coupled human--environmental systems within the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The undergraduate students currently in our classrooms will be tomorrow's global citizens, each of whom must be prepared to understand and reason about these challenges and ultimately make decisions about them in a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Water, Literacy, Decision Making
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Boda, Phillip; Weiser, Gary – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Success for students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) within undergraduate chemistry courses is crucial for retention in science degree programs, especially for students perceived as lacking content knowledge and skills. This study leveraged blended learning structures in a remedial chemistry course combined…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Majors (Students), Process Education
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Bonham, Scott W.; Jones, Kolton; Luna, Brian; Pauley, Lance – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Students in introductory science laboratory courses benefit from comprehensive technical writing instruction. Written communication is an important skill for people in the workforce as well as education; STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students need to develop good technical writing skills, and most enter college with…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Technical Writing, Introductory Courses, College Science
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Kinner, David; Lord, Mark – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Participation in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) allows students greater and equitable access to the high-impact practice, especially in the STEM disciplines. In a National Science Foundation-sponsored project, small groups of students completed authentic research projects in eight introductory to upper level geoscience…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, College Science
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