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Journal of College Science Teaching

Read NSTA's award-winning, peer-reviewed research journal for postsecondary level science educators.

 

Current Issue

July/August 2022

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This issue's Research and Teaching column includes: an interesting interdisciplinary look at using arts-integrated professional development to enhance environmental education; a study showing that computer-based exams do not disadvantage students; how to use an argumentative writing prompt to support non-science majors in chemistry; the impact of faculty development on teaching about the interdependence of water, food and energy; a decision-making tool to promote information literacy; and a study on the impact of a co-taught physics course on preservice science teachers’ views of teaching physics. Our Features column has a STEM theme where you will find: an interesting article on Science, Society & Self, which takes a NOS look at imparting a social context to STEM, (EDITOR’S NOTE: I will be using this article in my own “Perspectives: Teaching in Today’s Society” class this year); an investigation using a human-centered design toolkit for STEM-based Capstone Courses in a Food Science Curriculum; and a STEM faculty experience at West Point. This issue’s special column on Remote Learning – Strategies in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic article highlights the impact of online STEM teaching and learning during COVID-19 on underrepresented college students. The Point of View column shares the importance of operationalizing the duty of care with the use of rubrics to allow students to clearly understand safety expectations and competencies.

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Current Issue

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Operationalizing the Duty of Care Through Rubrics

Laboratory experiments are a key aspect of science education. However, they do have risks, and accidents do happen. Science educators have a duty of c...

By Emily Faulconer

Postsecondary Labs Safety Teaching Strategies

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The Impact of Online STEM Teaching and Learning During COVID-19 on Underrepresented Students’ Self-Efficacy and Motivation

Female students, students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students face considerable barriers in access to STEM education, leading...

By Sami Kahn, Janet Vertesi, Sigrid Adriaenssens, Julia Byeon, Mona Fixdal, Kelly Godfrey, Jérémie Lumbroso, and Kasey Wagoner

Distance Learning Equity Inclusion Pedagogy STEM

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Science, Society, and Self

A formal pedagogical push emerged and later blossomed in designing integrated curriculum between STEM and non-STEM areas in secondary and higher educa...

By Marcus Aldredge, Sunghee Lee, and Josh Klein

Postsecondary Curriculum Inclusion STEM

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A Human-Centered Design Tool Kit for STEM-Based Capstone Courses

In fall 2019, a food science instructor partnered with the design center at a large Midwestern university to create a student activity tool kit for in...

By Lucas O’Bryan, Dawn Bohn, and Saadeddine Shehab

College Biology Chemistry Curriculum STEM Teaching Strategies

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The STEM Faculty Experience at West Point

At conferences or meetings, West Point faculty are often asked, “What’s it like to teach at West Point?” Previously, we reported on this questio...

By Carolann Koleci, Eileen M. Kowalski, and Kenneth J. McDonald

Careers Leadership Teacher Preparation

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From Science in the Art Gallery to Art in the Science Classroom

In this study, 26 teachers for kindergarten through Grade 8 in six schools participated in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary professional developm...

By Lauren Madden, Carolina Blatt, Louise Ammentorp, Eileen Heddy, Dana Kneis, and Nicole Stanton

Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Teaching Strategies

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First Do No Harm

Computer-delivered exams are attractive due to ease of delivery, lack of waste, and immediate results. But before moving to computer-based assessments...

By Deena Wassenberg, J.D. Walker, Kalli-Ann Binkowski, and Evan Peterson

Distance Learning Equity Pedagogy STEM

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An Argumentative Writing Prompt Model to Support Nonscience Major Students’ Learning in an Introductory Chemistry Course

An argumentative writing prompt model is presented for use in a general chemistry class designed for nonscience major students. The purpose of this in...

By Claudia Aguirre-Mendez and Ying-Chih Chen

Chemistry Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary Teaching Strategies

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Impacts of Faculty Development on Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

To support undergraduate instruction and learning outcomes (i.e., systems thinking and decision-making in interdisciplinary contexts) grounded in the ...

By Amie S. Sommers, Holly White, Jenny M. Dauer, and Cory Forbes

Interdisciplinary Professional Learning Teacher Preparation

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Using Structured Decision-Making in the Classroom to Promote Information Literacy in the Context of Decision-Making

An important facet of college students’ science literacy and job market preparation is developing skills for finding and applying information to dec...

By Jenny M. Dauer, Amanda E. Sorensen, and P. Citlally Jimenez

Literacy Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies

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Impact of a Co-Taught Physics Course on Preservice Science Teachers’ Views of Teaching and Learning of Physics

This article focuses on the impact of a physics class on secondary science teacher candidates’ views of teaching and learning physics. The course wa...

By Kadir Demir, Brett Criswell, and William Stoll

Physics Preservice Science Education Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies

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