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Collins-Webb, Alexandra; Jeffery, Kathleen A.; Sweeder, Ryan D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The move from general chemistry to organic chemistry can be a challenge for students as it often involves a transition from quantitatively-oriented to mechanistically-oriented thinking. This study found that the design of the general chemistry course can change the student experience of this transition as assessed by a reflective survey. The…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Experience
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DeJong, Brian P.; Yelamarthi, Kumar; Kaya, Tolga – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The research experiences for teachers program at Central Michigan University was initiated to team in-service and pre-service teachers with undergraduate engineering students and engineering faculty, in an engineering research setting. During the six-week program, teachers learn engineering concepts and develop high-school instructional material…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, High Schools, Engineering Education
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Chung, C. J. ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics competitions for K-12 students are popular, but are students really learning and improving their STEM scores through robotics competitions? If not, why not? If they are, how much more effective is learning through competitions than traditional classes? Is there room for improvement? What is the best robotics competition model to maximize…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Sweeder, Ryan D.; Strong, Philip E. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2012
This study focuses on the impact of a sophomore seminar on STEM majors desire to pursue a science career. This seminar was a component in a broader scholarship program and focused on helping students gain a broader understanding of the process of science, expose students to a range of career options and provide opportunities for outside of class…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Ethics, Self Esteem
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Luckie, Douglas B.; Bellon, Richard; Sweeder, Ryan D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2012
Since 2005 we have pursued a formal research program called the BRAID (Bringing Relationships Alive through Interdisciplinary Discourse), which is designed to develop and test strategies for training first- and second-year undergraduate science students to bridge scientific disciplines. The BRAID's ongoing multiyear investigation points to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Educational Experience
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Nasr, Karim J.; Ramadan, Bassem H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
This paper presents the development and implementation of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in an engineering thermodynamics course at Kettering University. In this project, the thermodynamics course was restructured as modules presenting practical applications first, whereas principles were introduced just-in-time and as encountered. Theoretical…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Engineering, Engineering Education, Science Curriculum
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Gilbert, Juan E.; Lewis, Chance W. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
Most recently, many higher education institutions have continued to struggle to answer the question of whether they should promote diversity as a central value of the university or protect themselves from legal challenge by avoiding the inclusion of diversity initiatives. In this article, the authors first provide several examples documenting how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Universities, STEM Education, College Students
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Sorby, Sheryl A.; Oppliger, Douglas E.; Boersma, Norma – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
As a profession, engineering is not well understood by the general public. Engineers are perceived as "geeks" who love math and who have few interests outside of technical work. In short, the engineering profession has an image problem. In order to counteract this negative stereotyping, an engineering course for non-majors was developed…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Instructional Design, Engineering Education, Preservice Teacher Education