Journal of College Science Teaching

Magazine for university-level science teachers.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, October

Case Studies Add Value to a Diverse Teaching Portfolio in Science Courses
Byline: Philip Camill Let's get down to business It's the summer of 2000 and Jack is a few years away from retirement. Over the past decade, he had watched his savings balloon as a result of surging stock prices. Caught up in the "irrational...
"Clicker" Cases: Introducing Case Study Teaching into Large Classrooms
Byline: Clyde Freeman Herreid Large numbers of students do not like science (Seymour and Hewitt 1997; Kardash and Wallace 2001). Surely, this will come as no surprise. Most U.S. students receive their first college science training in large lecture...
Kermit to Kermette? Does the Herbicide Atrazine Feminize Male Frogs?
Byline: Frank J. Dinan The case Part I-It's not easy being green Atrazine is the most widely used herbicide in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that approximately 70 million pounds were used in the United States in...
Learning Concepts with Cases
Byline: Kathy Gallucci "The case study method allows students to identify with the material. I found it very...helpful in allowing me to internalize larger biological concepts" -Student in an introductory biology course for non-majors It is very...
Science and Social Justice: Making the Case for Case Studies
Byline: Katayoun Chamany I joined the faculty of Eugene Lang College (ELC), the undergraduate division of The New School for Social Research, in 1997 because I found the mission of the college and the seminar approach to learning refreshing. This...
Teaching with Cases: Let Me Count the Ways
Byline: Nancy Schiller We're back, with yet another issue on the case study method of teaching. It's a method we think has expanding possibilities, especially in its application to science education. That's because one of the virtues of the method...
Teaching with Jazz
Byline: Eric Ribbens This article is in effect a case study of teaching case studies. I'm a biologist, more specifically a plant ecologist. Teaching is an important component of my work at Western Illinois University. I teach several different kinds...
The Case of the Druid Dracula
Byline: Peggy Brickman I use case studies in my one-semester, three-credit hour introductory biology course with typical class sizes of 300+ students. Taken primarily by freshmen and sophomores to fulfill a general education requirement, the course...
Using a Strategic Planning Tool as a Framework for Case Analysis
Byline: Christine A. Lai and Julio C. Rivera, Jr Introduction/background SWOT analysis, a process that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats involved in a proposed project or business venture, can be a powerful technique...
Variations on an Historical Case Study
Byline: Patrick Field Images courtesy of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center The National Inquiry Standard for Science Education Preparation requires science teachers to introduce students to scientific inquiry to solve problems by various methods,...