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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

November/December 2022

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This issue’s Research and Teaching column includes the following: a qualitative assessment of BSN student responses to an online lab exercise; STEM graduate students’ development as leaders, researchers and innovators; how Interactive physical course materials provide unique formative assessment opportunities, an eye-opening study on Inclusive practices in major and non-major courses in biology and geology; student perspectives on anticipatory activities using innovative apps; instructor perspectives on pedagogical change. In the Features column you will find: a thoughtful description how to successfully implement a truly flipped classroom; strategies to facilitate student acceptance of evolution; teaching homeostasis using short predict-observe-explain activities. Our Case Study this month investigates the use of video documentary storytelling in science education where students are science content creators and evaluators. In our special Remote Learning – Strategies in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic column we give you an example of a service learning through citizen science strategy used during the pandemic when most university F2F courses were temporarily using online instruction.

 

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Current Issue

Journal Article

Students as Science Content Creators and Evaluators

Within the context of higher education, the disciplines of science and filmmaking appear disparate, but the importance of storytelling as an integral ...

By Erica B. Walker and Kelly B. Lazar

Postsecondary College Pre-service Teachers Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary Teaching Strategies

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Service-Learning Through Citizen Science in a COVID-Adapted Classroom

Classrooms were turned upside down amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which began approximately halfway through the spring 2020 semester. A service-le...

By Joanna J. Cielocha

College Citizen Science Preservice Science Education Teacher Preparation Technology

Journal Article

The Constructivist Flipped Classroom

In science education, the value of the constructivist methodology has long been integrated with experiential and hands-on learning while offering a fr...

By William H. Robertson

College Curriculum Pedagogy Preservice Science Education

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Student Acceptance of Evolution

Acceptance of human evolution seems to be the majority position for the U.S. population; however, acceptance of evolution among conservative Christian...

By Daniel G. Ferguson, Jamie L. Jensen, Adhieu Arok, Seth M. Bybee, and T. Heath Ogden

College Biology Curriculum Evolution Life Science Pedagogy

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Integrating the Concept of Homeostasis Into a First-Semester Anatomy and Physiology Course Through Short Predict-Observe-Explain Activities

Historically, undergraduate anatomy and physiology (A&P) has been a challenging course for incorporating conceptual learning techniques due to lar...

By Sammi Moore, Ron Gray, and Jeff Meilander

Postsecondary College Biology Interdisciplinary Life Science Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Connecting pH and Molarity to Health Care

Given the recent state of social distancing, the online lab experience discussed in this article offers an economical and versatile approach to online...

By Angela L. Mahaffey

College Assessment Chemistry Distance Learning Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary

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STEM Graduate Students’ Development at the Intersection of Research, Leadership, and Innovation

Researcher innovation and leadership skills are fundamental for creating implementable solutions to pressing societal and market-based global problems...

By Cindy Lenhart, Jana Bouwma-Gearhart, Douglas A. Keszler, Judith Giordan, Rich Carter, and Michelle Dolgos

College Interdisciplinary New Science Teachers Preservice Science Education Teacher Preparation

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Interactive, Physical Course Materials as Formative Assessment Opportunities to Improve Student Learning of Molecular Structure-Function Relationships

Physical and life science disciplines emphasize how basic structural units influence function, yet it is challenging for students to understand struct...

By Jeffrey Radloff, Brenda Capobianco, Jessica Weller, Sanjay Rebello, David Eichinger, and Kendra Erk

College Assessment Chemistry Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary Life Science

Journal Article

Intentionally Addressing Equity in the Classroom

Equity, as we define it, means striving to serve the needs of others and enhancing belonging by focusing on “whole humans” in emotional, sociocult...

By Jessica Kansman*, Makenzie E. Mabry*, Aaron Morrison*, Stephanie Rosbach*, and Marcelle A. Siegel

Postsecondary Advocacy Equity Inclusion Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies

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Computing in Bioinformatics and Engaged Student Learning

The field of biology education—and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines more broadly—has witnessed two major...

By Tina A. Marcroft, Chris Rasmussen, and Scott T. Kelley

College Biology Computer Science Life Science Technology

Journal Article

A Process of Pedagogical Change in College Science Education

This article aims to explore the experiences of science instructors who are active participants in the design and enactment of an interdisciplinary sc...

By Ozden Sengul

College Pedagogy STEM Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies

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