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Metacognitive activities implemented in Soil Resources and Plant Science in fall semester 2011 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 
Activity Soil resources Plant science
Develop course goals at the beginning of the semester and assess whether you have achieved them at the end. X X
Complete a knowledge survey at the beginning and end of each unit. X
Complete an exam wrapper and evaluate what went well and what did not and how you plan to prepare for the next exam. X X
Develop conceptual maps and sketches for ideas/concepts and to connect ideas. X X
Use models (for the gene expression process) to illustrate processes/concepts. X
Write reflection on topics and/or units recently completed. X
Generate questions when reviewing notes. X X
Discuss responses to oral questions with group. X
Discuss responses to activities with group. X X
Solve problems with group X X
Explain to instructors how answers were derived. X X



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Survey questions used in survey completed by students in Soil Resources and Plant Science in fall semester 2011 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 
Survey questions
1 Do you think the emphasis on learning strategies and study skill in this course was valuable to you?
2 Please give an example of a learning strategy or study skill that worked for you in this course. Please be specific.
3 You were asked to participate in a number of activities to improve your learning strategies and study skills. Please evaluate them in terms of their usefulness for you in this course.
(Various activities listed in survey for students to evaluate.)
4 Please evaluate each of the following strategies in terms of how often you used them.
(Various strategies listed in survey for students to evaluate.)
5 How useful were the following supporting resources?
(Various resources listed in survey for students to evaluate.)
6 Did the exams and graded assignments measure how much you really learned?
(Various graded items listed in survey for students to evaluate.)
7 Comments about any of the questions.



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Student majors and class standings in Soil Resources and Plant Science in the fall semester 2011 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 
Major Soil resources Plant science
n = 95 n = 138
%
Agricultural Science and Business 39.3 57.1
Agricultural Education and Journalism 4.8 2.5
Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources 16.7 2.6
Forensic Science 9.5 0
Horticulture 7.1 9.2
Landscape Design and Turf Management 13.2 18.5
Mechanized Systems Management 7.1 10.1
Class standing
 Freshman (≤ 26 hours accrued) 18 52.9
 Sophomore (27–52 credit hours accrued) 25 22.1
 Junior (53–88 credit hours accrued) 30 15
 Senior (≥ 89 credit hours accrued) 26 5.7
 Graduate 0 2.9
 Other 1 1.4



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Highest and lowest ratings of activities by students in Soil Resources and Plant Science fall semester 2011 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 
Category Highest rating Lowest rating
Soil resources
Strategies solve problems with your classmates develop course goals
How often use pre-exam summary as a learning tool generate questions
Resources manual, lab group, hands-on textbook
How useful manual, lab group, hands-on textbook
Measures lab quizzes, exam project
Plant sciences
Strategies using models to explain, solve problems as a group generate questions
How often answer all questions in problem set before quiz generate questions
Resources instructor communication, problems online resources
How useful answer all questions in problem set before quiz online resources
Measures reading quizzes, think-a-loud experiment write-up