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Otero, Valerie K.; Meltzer, David E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Although much has been said and written about the value of using the history of science in teaching science, relatively little is available to guide educators in the various science disciplines through the educational history of their own discipline. Through a discipline-specific approach to a course on the history of science education in the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational History, Education Courses, Educational Change
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Zare, Richard N.; Cox, Charles T., Jr.; Murphy, Katherine; Bayas, Camille – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
In large, introductory courses, instructors and teaching assistants often struggle to provide detailed feedback on student homework in a timely manner. Here we describe a peer-reviewed homework system that provides quick turnaround while offering flexibility in the construction of homework problems. Homework is administered through a cycle, which…
Descriptors: Homework, Peer Evaluation, Introductory Courses, Problem Solving
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Del Carlo, Dawn; Flokstra, Brittany – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Recent calls for reform in K-16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education not only emphasize mastery of content, but also call for students to engage in the scientific practice of making evidence-based claims, or scientific argumentation (National Research Council, 2012; NGSS Lead States, 2013). However, students often…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Persuasive Discourse, Data Analysis, Scientific Concepts
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Gray, Christine E.; Contreras-Shannon, Veronica E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Analyzing, interpreting, and clearly presenting real data are skills we hope to develop in all students, majors and nonmajors alike. These process skills require lots of practice coupled with targeted feedback from instructors or mentors. Here we present a pedagogy implemented within a course-based research experience that is designed to help…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), STEM Education, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills
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Reece, Amber J.; Butler, Malcolm B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Biology I is a required course for many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and is often their first college-level laboratory experience. The replacement of the traditional face-to-face laboratory experience with virtual laboratories could influence students' content knowledge, motivation to learn biology, and overall…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, STEM Education, Introductory Courses, Biology
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Keller, Charles – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Community colleges serve the noble mission of making higher education accessible to a broader spectrum of society than traditional 4-year institutions. A side effect of this broad access is a lower level of student preparedness for success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. This work describes our efforts to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
In this case study, the subject for discussion is the need to use teaching notes in order to add personality to case studies. Personality, it is said, is more important than policy, than demographics, than finances, or amorous peccadillos. Personality is essential. It is the interaction of people that capture our interest, yet, the question is…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Personality Traits, Research Methodology, Learner Engagement
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Cagle, Nicolette L. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Historically, societies have relied on universities and colleges to provide a space for young citizens to experiment with and explore the innovative approaches needed to address contemporary problems. Yet today, many universities serve as diploma mills that succeed in getting students onto the job market, but fail to give those students tools for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Wiggen, Jennifer; McDonnell, David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
A series of short (5 to 7 minutes long) geoscience videos were created to support student learning in a flipped class setting for an introductory geology class at North Carolina State University. Videos were made using a stylus, tablet, microphone, and video editing software. Essentially, we narrate a slide, sketch a diagram, or explain a figure…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Video Technology, Homework, Teaching Methods
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Bennett, Steve; Gotwals, Amelia Wenk – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Science education reform documents call for students to learn science by engaging in inquiry and using science practices. One such science practice is constructing evidence-based explanations. Few students enter community college science classrooms having experience with, or being proficient in, using evidence to explain scientific phenomena.…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Science Laboratories
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Small Griswold, Jennifer D. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
A climate-literate population, capable of making informed decisions related to climate change, is of critical importance as society faces ever-increasing global temperatures and changes in the climate system. This project evaluates the effectiveness of a novel instructional approach that incorporates climate change science into a first-year…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Writing Instruction, Freshman Composition, Climate
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Gallardo-Williams, Maria Teresa; Petrovich, Lori Marie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
We describe the implementation of a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) training program in the Department of Chemistry designed to integrate with the professional development initiatives of the Graduate School at a large, public, research-intensive university. The program is a 1-year course of study that offers graduate students a chance to…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Training, Integrated Activities
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Owens, David – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
An introductory undergraduate biology laboratory session about vertebrate tissues was gamified to elucidate the effects of gameful learning on students' perceptions of their own learning and motivation. Student groups were randomly assigned a vertebrate tissue, including corresponding slides and content from the laboratory manual, and tasked with…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Study, College Science, Biology
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Christensen, Heather Rebecca; Rasmussen, Andrew – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
For over 4 decades, educational researchers have been studying best practices for introducing writing into the curriculum. One successful strategy, a low-stakes writing exercise called "writing to learn" (WTL), has been implemented across several disciplines within higher education. In light of a growing interest in the use of technology…
Descriptors: Natural Sciences, Writing Across the Curriculum, Science Instruction, Microbiology
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McLaughlin, Jacqueline Shea; Favre, David E.; Weinstein, Suzanne E.; Goedhart, Christine M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Authentic undergraduate research laboratory experiences are essential to aid in the implementation of science education reform mandates and to effectively train a new generation of biology students. Here we present assessment data on a unique four-step laboratory pedagogical framework that allows students to develop scientific thinking and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biology, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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