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September 2012

Find out how a digital pen-and-paper technology was used to improve data collection in research regarding students' learning. Read about a unique interdisciplinary science course that uses group and active-learning strategies and is in high demand among nonscience majors. Ever wondered how undergraduate research experiences influence student educational aspirations and career decisions? Read about a study that examined this question. Find out about all these topics and more in this issue of JCST.


Add to Cart A Novel Technology to Investigate Students' Understandings of Enzyme Representations
Journal of College Science Teaching, Sep 12
This article describes how digital pen-and-paper technology was used to improve data collection in research regarding students' learning, specifically their understanding of enzyme-substrate interactions as depicted in textbook representations.
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Add to Cart Case Study: Assessing Critical-Thinking Skills Using Articles From the Popular Press
Journal of College Science Teaching, Sep 12
The author describes an instrument for evaluating critical-thinking skills using science articles in the popular press.
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Add to Cart Developing Graduate Student's Knowledge of Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Through Lesson Study
Journal of College Science Teaching, Sep 12
A group of graduate teaching assistants collaborated with a biology professor and a science educator in a Japanese Lesson Study to directly address a need for contextualized learning. The results indicated that the participants were able to articulate two types of rationales for their teaching: rationales for lesson design and rationales for the importance of including Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium in undergraduate biology.
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Add to Cart Headline Science: Migrating Songbirds Depart on Time, Active Forest Management Aids Owl Species, Two Solar System Puzzles Solved, Greenhouse Gas Methane in the Arctic
Journal of College Science Teaching, Sep 12
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Add to Cart Integrative Biology: A Capstone Course for an Introductory Biology Core
Journal of College Science Teaching, Sep 12
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A capstone to a biology introductory curriculum was developed with the specific goals of enhancing integration of course content, promoting development of oral presentation skills and critical reading and thinking skills, and introducing ecological principles omitted from the rest of the core. More than 90% of students agreed that the capstone course helped them appreciate global issues and read and critically analyze primary literature.
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Add to Cart Nonscience Majors' Perceptions on the Use of YouTube Video to Support Learning in an Integrated Science Lecture
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The instructor of an integrated science course for nonscience majors embedded content-related video segments from YouTube and other similar internet sources into lecture. Through this study, the instructor wanted to know students' perceptions of how video use engaged them and increased their interest and understanding of science. Written survey responses from students supported assertions that the videos helped to keep students' attention, generated interest in science, and clarified understanding.
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Add to Cart Point of View: Lessons Learned From Julia
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This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month’s issue discusses four important lessons for the author's teaching.
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Add to Cart Research and Teaching: A Case Study on Reflective Writing
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Reflective writing is a student-centered approach widely used in science and engineering courses that helps students develop a holistic scientific mindset. The authors present a multiple case study in two science courses in which students engaged in reflective writing. The authors found that students with higher scores on an epistemology survey tended to use reflective writing in a more effective way to enhance their learning of textual material.
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Add to Cart Research and Teaching: Understanding How Undergraduate Research Experiences Influence Student Aspirations for Research Careers and Graduate Education
Journal of College Science Teaching, Sep 12
Extant and emerging literature on undergraduate research experiences (UREs) focuses on the identification of their benefits to student participants. This study offers descriptions, drawn from an analysis of students' reflective journals, of three processes through which UREs affected students' educational and career aspirations. Through UREs students increased their awareness of career options, clarified their career choices, and enhanced their professional credentials.
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Add to Cart The Structure and Assessment of a Unique and Popular Interdisciplinary Science Course for Nonmajors
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Science Without Borders is a unique interdisciplinary science course that uses group and active-learning strategies and is in high demand among nonscience majors at a masters-level university. This article describes the course's unique structure and successful administration.
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Add to Cart Using Mentoring to Foster Professional Development Among Undergraduate Instructional Leaders
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This study examines the mentoring relationships of student instructors who provide supplemental instruction for undergraduate science courses. Specifically, the authors examined the relationships negotiated between mentor and protege student instructors during the first year of the mentoring program.
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