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Yang, Dazhi; Xu, Dianxiang; Yeh, Jyh-haw; Fan, Yibo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Undergraduate research opportunities have expanded from elite universities in the United States to universities and institutions of all ranks and sizes. Research studies have shown positive outcomes in regards to the research experience for undergraduates (REU), such as enhanced research skills and competencies. However, with the widespread…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Computer Security, Information Security
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Jeffery, Kathleen A.; Frawley Cass, Samantha M.; Sweeder, Ryan D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
This study examines differences in the ability of undergraduate students, taught in lecture-based or context-based general chemistry courses, to describe reaction kinetics. The subjects included 210 students from a residential science college at a large research university. Two open-ended questions were used to engage students' surface knowledge…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Kinetics, Lecture Method, College Science
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Kramer, Barbara; Walston, Timothy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
An integrative introduction to the sciences and an introduction to scientific writing can provide a strong foundation for broadly trained STEM majors to explore the interconnectedness of STEM disciplines and prepare them for scientific research. These goals have been accomplished through a sequence of two first-year courses, STEM 101: Integrative…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Thinking Skills, Scientific Principles
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Hill, Erin M.; Anderson, Laurie; Finley, Brandon; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Kochanski, Mark – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
What motivates and demotivates students in their engagement in at-home work for high-stakes assignments, such as test preparation and writing and revising papers? This paper outlines a student-centered method to identify learning strategies students actually use and obstacles students actually face compared to what is reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students, Barriers, STEM Education