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Roberts, Jacqueline; Propsom, Pamela; Tobin, William – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A small undergraduate liberal arts college explored a model, grounded in the literature, to develop a shared vision for its science and math general education curriculum that focuses on scientific literacy skills. This process has allowed us to produce shared general education learning goals across our eight science and math departments, conduct…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Liberal Arts, Mathematics Curriculum, Science Curriculum
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Train, Tonya Laakko; Miyamoto, Yuko J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
The ability to effectively communicate science is a skill sought after by graduate and professional schools as well as by employers in science-related fields. Are content-heavy undergraduate science curricula able to incorporate opportunities to develop science communication skills, and is promoting these skills worth the time and effort? The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, College Science, Student Attitudes
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Prud'homme-Généreux, Annie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Misconceptions are sometimes called "alternative conceptions" in acknowledgement of the fact that although these concepts are inaccurate, they are congruent with prior experiences. The idea that misconceptions must be addressed to improve learning is helpful to remember when developing a case study. Students will bring their existing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Nyman, Matthew; St. Clair, Tyler – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Using the science practice model in science classes for preservice teachers addresses three important aspects of science teacher preparation: teaching the nonlinear nature of scientific process, using scientific practices rather than the ambiguous term "inquiry-based," and emphasizing the process of metacognition as an important tool in…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Metacognition, Geometric Concepts, Science Instruction
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Halpin, Patricia A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Nonscience majors often rely on general internet searches to locate science information. This practice can lead to misconceptions because the returned search information can be unreliable. In this article the authors describe how they used the social media site Twitter to address this problem in a general education course, BSCI 421 Diseases of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Higher Education, College Science
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McDonald, James T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue discusses tools of formative assessment.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, College Science, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Reed, Kelynne E.; Aiello, David P.; Barton, Lance F.; Gould, Stephanie L.; McCain, Karla S.; Richardson, John M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article discusses the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Teaching and Research (STAR) Leadership Program, developed at Austin College, which engages students in activities integrated into undergraduate STEM courses that promote the development of leadership behaviors. Students focus on interpersonal communication,…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Integrated Curriculum, Science Curriculum, Undergraduate Study
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Siegel, Marcelle; Roberts, Tina M.; Freyermuth, Sharyn K.; Witzig, Stephen B.; Izci, Kemal – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The authors describe a collaborative group-testing strategy implemented and studied in undergraduate science classes. This project investigated how the assessment strategy relates to student performance and perceptions about collaboration and focused on two sections of an undergraduate biotechnology course taught in separate semesters.
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, College Science, Higher Education, Alignment (Education)
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Scharmann, Lawrence C.; Butler, Wilbert, Jr. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
Journal writing was introduced as a means to assess student learning and acceptance of evolutionary science in a nonmajors' biology course taught at a community college. Fourteen weeks of instruction were performed, each initiated by student-centered, in-class activities and culminated by a discussion, to elucidate tentative conclusions based on…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Teaching Methods, College Science, Science Achievement
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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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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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Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
To supplement the summer reading of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members, the NSTA Committee on Research in Science Education suggested a list of science education research articles that were published in the journals of NSTA's affiliates in 2012. These articles covered a variety of topics that include learning about…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Science Teachers
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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; Harwood, William – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
This study is part of ongoing research investigating the experiences of undergraduate students who enroll in an integrated inquiry-based biology program during their freshman year. The purpose of this study was to explore students' perspectives on the program and their perceptions of science and scientific inquiry after completing the program.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biology, Undergraduate Students, Inquiry
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Obenland, Carrie A.; Munson, Ashlyn H.; Hutchinson, John S. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
Active learning in large science classrooms furthers opportunities for students to engage in the content and in meaningful learning, yet students can still remain anonymously silent. This study aims to understand the impact of active learning on these silent students in a large General Chemistry course taught via Socratic questioning and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Active Learning, Cognitive Style, Classrooms
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