Thousands of college freshmen have chosen their first-year science courses based on knowledge and experience from their K-12 years. College professors and instructors can use the award-winning Journal of College Science Teaching (JCST) to better ensure lectures, labs, and online instruction continue to inspire and promote science education.
JCST is a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal for instructors and professors at the university and two-year community college level as well as pre-service science educators. The journal offers the proven research, case studies, and perspectives for college-level science educators charged with bridging the gap and creating career-ready scientists and future science teachers.
Here are several different ways to spend 15 minutes with JCST (Note: Members need to log in to access the articles listed below; nonmembers can access them for a fee):
- STEM-Related Degrees
It’s never too early to encourage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) interests in students, but studies show college students make career choices during the first two years of college. As institutions track the enrollment of STEM-related degrees, science professors and instructors must continue to cultivate successful retention of undergraduates in science majors.
Each issue of JCST serves up research and discussion on STEM education challenges and solutions at the college level, such as the following:
- General Chemistry II: Setting the Stage on the First Day With Jeopardy
- Examples From the Trenches: Improving Student Learning in the Sciences Using Team-Based Learning
- Explorations in Integrated Science
- Introducing Transdisciplinary Problem Solving to Environmental Management Systems and Geology Students Through a Case Study of Disturbed Coastal Systems
Learn about unique programs, innovative technology, reform updates, and case studies all focused on STEM education sustainability and growth.
- Focusing on research and case studies
Because professors and instructors may be teaching non-science majors, JCST publishes integrated, multidisciplinary approaches to research experiences. Here are a few sample articles:
- A Multidisciplinary Laboratory Course in Color Science
- Collaborative Projects Increase Student Learning Outcome Performance in Nonmajors Environmental Science Course
- Pitching Environmental Science to Business Majors: Engaging Students in Renewable Energy Choices
Two columns each month focus on student outcomes:
Research and Teaching reports the results of exemplary systematic educational research in college science teaching. Articles published in this column typically report on student outcomes in multicenter or multicourse studies.
- Project-Based Instruction With Future STEM Educators: An Interdisciplinary Approach
- Collaborative Testing: Evidence of Learning in a Controlled In-Class Study of Undergraduate Students
Case Studies column publishes original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies themselves along with teaching notes for classroom instruction.
- The Mystery of the Seven Deaths: A Case Study in Cellular Respiration
- From Gummy Bears to Celery Stalks: Diffusion and Osmosis
- Supporting community college teaching and learning
The Two Year Community column encourages the conversation about the unique challenges of teaching and learning in the two-year and community college classroom.
- Cultivating the STEM Transfer Pathway and Capacity for Research: A Partnership Between a Community College and a 4-Year College
- Nurturing pre-service science teachers
Future preK-12 science educators are another important audience for the journal. Just as content and pedagogy taught at the university level will inform future science educators, the reforms and innovations of preservice educators are welcome by JCST.
- Exchanging peers’ points of view
In addition to an editorial from JCST Editor Ann Cutler, most issues of JCST features a Point of View column written by a science educator at the community college or university level. This forum allows educators to exchange ideas, experiences, and the specific challenges found in the administration and fundamentals of university teaching practices.
Take it one step further by submitting your own manuscript. JCST is always looking for papers from members. Do you have a science investigation you think college professors across that nation should know about? Read the guidelines and write for JCST! Questions about submitting a manuscript to JCST? Please contact editor Ann Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Berry of Cogberry Creative is our guest blogger for this series. Laura is a communications professional for the education community.