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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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Farah, Kimberly S.; Montepare, Joann M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Our population is aging, calling for communities to be more age friendly and younger individuals to be more aware of aging issues that will impact their personal and professional lives. However, colleges provide few opportunities for students to prepare themselves for a more age-diverse world. Drawing on a new general education core curriculum…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Aging (Individuals)
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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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Huffmyer, Ariana S.; Lemus, Judith D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Student experience and achievement in undergraduate science courses is important for degree retention and generating interest in careers in STEM. Graduate student teaching assistants (GTAs) provide a majority of instruction in STEM laboratory courses at universities and play a critical role in the educational experience of students. Many GTAs…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students
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Campbell, Jacqueline M.; Malcos, Jennelle L.; Bortiatynski, Jacqueline M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Learning assistant (LA) programs have become increasingly popular at large universities striving to promote student engagement in the classroom. The LA program at the Pennsylvania State University was initiated in 2012 and has rapidly grown to over 500 LA positions per year. The purpose of this study was to gather LA and faculty member perceptions…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Educational Improvement, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education
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Dahlberg, Caroline L.; Wiggins, Benjamin L.; Lee, Suzanne R.; Leaf, David S.; Lily, Leah S.; Jordt, Hannah; Johnson, Tiara J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Reflection and recalibration, two key hallmarks of metacognition, are important elements of productive problem solving in scientific research. Often, training in these skills is obtained informally through direct exposure to independent research after college. Although some undergraduate students participate in extra- or co-curricular research…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Problem Solving, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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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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Newton, Genevieve; Rajakaruna, Rebecca; Kulak, Verena; Albabish, William; Gilley, Brett H.; Ritchie, Kerry – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Two-stage collaborative testing is an assessment strategy that involves students initially writing a test individually and then immediately afterward writing the same (or similar) test again in groups. Current evidence shows that two-stage testing improves performance on multiple-choice tests as well as short-term retention of material, but little…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Biochemistry
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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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Moy, Magdalene K.; Hammrich, Penny L.; Kabnick, Karen – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
As undergraduate institutions rely more heavily on teaching assistants (TAs) they are simultaneously encouraging implementation of course-based research experiences (CBREs). Due to the dynamic nature of CBREs, it is challenging to assign novice TAs to instruct these types of classes. A 10-week CBRE was designed to guide both TAs and their students…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Training
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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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Kim, Young Ae; Cox, Jonathan; Southard, Katelyn M.; Elfring, Lisa; Blowers, Paul; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
Formative assessment has been shown to be a critical activity for promoting meaningful understanding in the classroom. Systematic engagement in formative assessment helps instructors to develop a clearer picture of where students stand in relation to the learning objectives of the course. However, college instructors teaching large-enrollment STEM…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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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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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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Swanson, Lauren; Solorza, Ruben; Fissore, Cinzia – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
This article explores undergraduates' efforts to engage in scientific argumentation during exam settings. Thirteen undergraduate students enrolled in an environmental science course completed exams with questions linked around a central theme. Three types of questions were used, including those that prompted students to construct scientific…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Science Tests, Science Instruction
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