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Journal of College Science Teaching—July/August 2020


Volume 49, No. 6

Journal Article

Backward Redesign of a Nonmajors’ Biology Course at a Two-Year Technical College

Gwinnett Technical College (GTC), established in 1984, is the second-largest technical college in Georgia. As a two-year open-access college, GTC an...

By Margaret Long, Adrienne Cottrell-Yongye, and Tyler Huynh

Postsecondary Biology Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Show Your Students How to Be More Persuasive When They Write

After a grueling grading campaign, a chemist asked a writing and rhetoric specialist for help improving formal reports in the introductory organic c...

By David J. Slade and Susan K. Hess

Postsecondary Literacy Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Barriers to Learning Assistant Engagement

Learning Assistants (LAs) help students develop a deeper understanding of content and are particularly effective during active learning instruction....

By Alicia Purtell, Robert Talbot, and Michael E. Moore

Postsecondary Preservice Science Education Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Qualitative Analysis of Ray Optics in a College Physics Laboratory: A 5E Lesson

This paper describes an alternative approach to teaching and learning practices in an undergraduate physics laboratory. The instructor plans and imp...

By Ozden Sengul

Postsecondary 5E Labs Physics

Journal Article

Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources Video-Based Active Learning in University-Level Biology Classes:

We quantified student perceptions of an active learning exercise, based on open-educational video resources, in both a first-year seminar class (Nat...

By Gary D. Grossman and Troy N. Simon

Postsecondary Biology Instructional Materials Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Negative Student Response to Active Learning in STEM Classrooms:

Recent research has supported the use of student-centered teaching practices, such as active learning, because of its effectiveness in improving stu...

By Prateek Shekhar, Maura Borrego, Matt DeMonbrun, Cynthia Finelli, Caroline Crockett, and Kevin Nguyen

Postsecondary Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Measuring Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of Preservice Elementary Teachers

With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), assessing K–12 science teachers’ self-efficacy in Computational Thinking (CT) ...

By Erdogan Kaya, Anna Newley, Ezgi Yesilyurt, and Hasan Deniz

Postsecondary Assessment Curriculum

Journal Article

Concept Maps for Structuring Instruction and as a Potential Assessment Tool in a Large Introductory Science Course

Concept maps make connections between ideas apparent, and thus would seem ideally suited to demonstrate learning. Yet, they are not widely used by i...

By Carl-Georg Bank and Heidi Daxberger

Postsecondary Assessment Preservice Science Education Teacher Preparation

Journal Article

Comparing Academically Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Groups in an Active Learning Physics Class

Many methods have been developed for managing groups in active learning classes, but little research has been done on the effect of group structure ...

By Michael Briggs

Postsecondary Physics

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