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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

Current issue: July/August 2021

In this issue of JCST, feature articles include a virtual STEM Pedagogic Field Laboratory, which includes a complete video and documentary record of a college course called “Fire & Ice” about the perception, movement, creation, understanding, and use of heat. The second feature article looks at the STEM learning and teaching experience at the United States Military Academy (West Point). The Research & Teaching section offers articles ranging from faculty learning at the individual and group level; pedagogical changes in undergraduate engineering classrooms in response to students’ floundering; engaging with primary research literature and interacting with scientists fosters development of students’ understandings of the tools and products and the human elements of science; a novel rubric format for providing feedback on process skills to stem undergraduate students; and an investigation of STEM: summer bridge programs.

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Journal Article

Getting Started in SoTL Research

Getting started in SoTL research can seem daunting. Working with a team can increase support and productivity. This article explores roles in SoTL res...

By Emily Faulconer

Postsecondary Research

Journal Article

Windows on the Inquiry Classroom

A complete video and documentary record of an inquiry-based nonscience majors’ course has been captured (the “Fire and Ice” Collection). Every m...

By Christopher F. Bauer and Julia Y. K. Chan

Postsecondary Inquiry Pedagogy Research

Journal Article

STEM Education Within the West Point Experience

At conferences or meetings, West Point faculty are often asked, “What’s it like to teach at West Point?” To answer this question we present the ...

By Carolann Koleci, Eileen Kowalski, and Kenneth McDonald

Postsecondary Careers Pedagogy STEM

Journal Article

Faculty Learning at the Individual and Group Level

Unaware of the diverse challenges faced by students, faculty can unintentionally create environments that discourage student persistence especially fo...

By Rachel A. Hirst, Karen L. Anderson, Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Louis J. Liotta, Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Pamela J. Lombardi, and Kristin C. Burkholder

Postsecondary Preservice Science Education STEM Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Adding Necessary Rigor to Engineering Pedagogical Change

In this study, we explore the teaching of an acclaimed engineering education professor and his struggles to transform his classroom in light of the Na...

By Yonghee Lee, Carl Lund, and Randy Yerrick

Postsecondary Engineering Pedagogy Teaching Strategies

Journal Article

Early Exposure to Primary Literature and Interactions With Scientists Influences Novice Students’ Views on the Nature of Science

Postsecondary science faculty often hope to help students to better understand science through engagement with primary research literature. Undergradu...

By Kelly M. Schmid, Ryan D. P. Dunk, and Jason R. Wiles

Literacy Pedagogy Research Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

A Novel Rubric Format for Providing Feedback on Process Skills to STEM Undergraduate Students

To improve student process-skill development, a novel type of rubric was developed that goes beyond a typical analytic rubric by providing detailed fe...

By Doug Czajka, Gil Reynders, Courtney Stanford, Renée Cole, Juliette Lantz, and Suzanne Ruder

Postsecondary Assessment Preservice Science Education STEM Teaching Strategies

Journal Article

STEM Bridge Program

We explored underrepresented minority (URM) students’ perceptions of the merit and worth of a summer STEM bridge program. The Ohio State Louis Stoke...

By Anna Brady and Dorinda Gallant

Postsecondary Curriculum Equity Inclusion Pedagogy STEM Teaching Strategies


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