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Journal of College Science Teaching—January/February 2021

Volume 50, Number 3
In this issue, “Practice Makes Better: A Classroom Investigation of Practice Effects” features an answer to the age-old question that students ask, “Why do we have to do this over and over again?” through the use of the Seeker Game. Our other Feature article, “Incorporating Programming, Modeling and Data Analysis into an Introductory Biology Course”, shares unit examples which make quantitative data more relevant and engaging in an introductory biology course. And the article by Christine O'Donnell takes an in-depth look at integrating students’ worldviews within an introductory astronomy course. 
In the Research and Teaching column you will find: an interesting investigation into the efficacy of using preconceptions using a groundwater instructional sequence; a study of pre-service teachers’ knowledge and attitudes towards wind energy education; a timely piece comparing face-to-face Peer-Led Team Learning vs. Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning; the use of Primary Literature in Undergraduate Science Courses; and an interesting look into mediation of collaborative work. 
The Two-year Community column article showcases a truly interdisciplinary/team-taught course to inform and motivate student learning utilizing a unit on sustainability. In the POV, Patrick Cafferty shares an innovative idea for connecting with your students. 
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Taking the Office Hour Out of the Office

Science classrooms across our campus have changed dramatically over the past 10 years as an increasing number of instructors have incorporated a varie...

By Patrick Cafferty

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Sustainability, Energy, and the Green Economy

Interdisciplinary education offers a collaborative approach to multifaceted topics, such as environmental sustainability. In this article, we present ...

By Monika Sikand, Claudio Mazzatenta, Keith Wong, Joseph Bush, and Aaron Socha

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Practice Makes Better: A Classroom Investigation of Practice Effects

Practice effects are ubiquitous human phenomena that have been scientifically studied for over half a century. They are also among the most directly a...

By Jeff Shrager

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Incorporating Programming, Modeling, and Data Analysis Into an Introductory Biology Course

This paper describes an introductory biology course for undergraduates that heavily incorporates quantitative problem solving in activities and homewo...

By Eliot C. Bush, Stephen C. Adolph, Matina C. Donaldson-Matasci, Jae Hur, and Danae Schulz

Computer Science

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Facilitating Conceptual Change by Engaging Students’ Preconceptions During College Science Classroom Instruction

Whether to engage student preconceptions to facilitate conceptual change is an area of debate among conceptual change theorists. Here, we evaluate the...

By Leilani A. Arthurs, Justin Elwonger, and Chelsie M. Kowalski

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Assessing Preservice Teachers’ Experience With Wind Energy Education Through A Cooperative Learning Experience

The purpose of this study was to investigate knowledge and attitudes of preservice teachers toward wind energy education. The participants for this st...

By Mamta Singh

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Implementing Peer-Led Team Learning and Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning in an Organic Chemistry Course

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a small-group, collaborative problem-solving model that has significantly increased student performance in a variety ...

By Sarah Beth Wilson and Pratibha Varma-Nelson

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Primary Literature in Undergraduate Science Courses: What are the Outcomes?

Primary literature—consisting of novel peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings—has been associated with several positive outcomes for st...

By Jeremy David Sloane

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What to Expect With Group Work: Problems, Frequency, and Success of Mediation

Instructors who wish to take advantage of the academic benefits of collaborative group work often hesitate over concerns about dealing with conflict o...

By Peggy Brickman, Austin Lannen, and Jill Beyette

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Making Science Personal: Inclusivity-Driven Design for General Education Courses

General education college astronomy courses offer instructors both a unique audience and a unique challenge. For many students, such a course may be t...

By Christine O’Donnell, Edward Prather, and Peter Behroozi

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