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Bruck, Laura B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The intermolecular forces activity presented in this article is designed to foster concept-building through students' use of concrete, manipulative objects, and it was developed to be pedagogically sound. Data analysis via pre- and posttesting and subsequent exam questions indicated that students who had the opportunity to participate in the…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Science Activities, Mastery Learning, Concept Formation
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Fredricks, Susan M.; Tierney, John; Bodek, Matthew; Fredericks, Margaret – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The objective of this article is to explain and provide rubrics for science and communication faculty as a means to help nonscience students, in basic science classes, understand that proper communication and presentation skills are a necessity in all courses and future walks of life.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Chemistry, Audio Equipment, Science Process Skills
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Weasel, Lisa H.; Finkel, Liza – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Deliberative democracy, a consensus model of decision making, has been used in real-life policy making involving controversial, science-related issues to increase citizen participation and engagement. Here, we describe a pedagogical approach based on this model implemented in a large, lecture-based, nonmajors introductory biology course at an…
Descriptors: Biology, College Students, Nonmajors, Active Learning
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Sandefur, Conner I.; Gordy, Claire – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
We developed and implemented a series of workshops and seminars in an undergraduate journal club targeted at improving student development in applying the scientific process. Students were surveyed before and after participating in the club about their confidence in accessing, analyzing, and reporting scientific research. Post-club, the students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Clubs, Science Activities, Journal Writing
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Verkade, Heather; Lim, Saw Hoon – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
In this study, a cohort of final-year undergraduate science students were surveyed to examine whether they fully read journal articles, including whether they seek to understand how the results support the conclusions. Their writing was also examined to see if they use deep or surface approaches to scientific writing.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Attitudes, Science Process Skills, Scientific Research
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Murray, Marlene – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The case study method of teaching uses real-world narratives to teach concepts and content. This method of teaching encourages active learning, which has been shown to have a positive effect on student performance in many disciplines including science. Although more females than males pursue a postsecondary degree, more males than females pursue…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Gender Differences, Teaching Methods, Active Learning
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Mulnix, Amy B.; Vandegrift, Eleanor V. H.; Chaudhury, S. Raj – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. In this month's issue the authors make a case for their belief that significant progress toward equity and inclusion will only be achieved when evidence-based pedagogies are deeply embedded in all classrooms.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Equal Education, STEM Education, Inclusion
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McCallum, Giselle; Prud'homme-Genereux, Annie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
The idea for this case study came about after a student described her experience at a spa with an ionic foot bath. The student was skeptical about the explanation provided to her about the underlying mechanism of the foot bath and wished to know more about it. The story of this case mirrors the student's experience and investigates the possible…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Physical Activities, Health, Student Experience
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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Chiu, Jennie L.; Grisham, Charles M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article explores how integrating computational tools into a general chemistry laboratory course can influence student perceptions of programming and investigates relationships among student perceptions, prior experience, and student outcomes.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Student Attitudes, Computation
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Philipp, Stephanie B.; Tretter, Thomas; Rich, Christine V. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This study examined the development of peer mentoring skills and deepening of content knowledge by trained and supported undergraduate teaching assistants working with students in entry-level STEM courses across nine departments at a large research-intensive U.S. university.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness
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Vanderklein, Dirk; Munakata, Mika; McManus, Jason – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
In an effort to make mathematics relevant to biology students, the authors developed two modules that sought to integrate mathematics and ecology instruction to differing degrees. The modules were developed by a team of biology and mathematics educators and were implemented in an ecology course using three different instructional methods for three…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction
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Stover, Shawn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Undergraduate science students benefit greatly by learning to read and interpret primary research articles. However, once they obtain a level of competence in analyzing primary literature and develop a better understanding of the nature of science, they may become frustrated by the lack of scientific literacy and objectivity demonstrated by the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Terry, Nathan B.; de La Harpe, Kimberly; Kontur, Frederick – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This article investigates how mastery of prerequisite course material impacts student learning in follow-on courses. To measure the importance of prerequisite skills, we compare the exam scores of students with a GPA of 3.0 or better in their multidisciplinary prerequisite classes to the exam scores of students with a GPA of less than 3.0 in their…
Descriptors: Skills, Prerequisites, Scores, Grade Point Average
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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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Prud'homme-Genereux, Annie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. This month's issue describes incorporating a journal article into the classroom by first converting it into a case study.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Innovation, Journal Articles, Curriculum Enrichment
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