About Us | Help Videos | Contact Us | Subscriptions

Table of Contents


Volume 46 Issue 1, September 2017

Hide Details


    • Mark Rouleau, Terry L. Sharik, Samantha Whitens and Adam Wellstead
      Enrollment Decision-Making in U.S. Forestry and Related Natural Resource Degree Programs
      Core Ideas
      • Typical forestry and related natural resources students are attracted to their program because it satisfies a need to be outdoors and with nature.
      • Forestry and related natural resources students are hesitant to enroll in the program due to concerns about earning potential and the desire to avoid contentious political issues.
      • Women are hesitant to enroll in a forestry and related natural resources program due to concerns about their gender, work locations, and work conditions.
      • The environmental stewardship aspect of forestry and related natural resources programs may boost enrollment rates and address issues related to underrepresented minority enrollment.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170007
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
      unlockOPEN ACCESS
    • Colby J. Moorberg and David A. Crouse
      An Open-Source Laboratory Manual for Introductory, Undergraduate Soil Science Courses
      Core Ideas
      • The Soils Laboratory Manual is a blueprint for open-source laboratory resources.
      • The Soils Laboratory Manual saves students a combined $12,410 per semester.
      • Open lab manuals should be optimized for laptop screens and printed copies.
      • Instructors can develop course-specific resources using this open-source lab manual.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170013
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
      [ Supplement 1 ] [ Supplement 2 ]
      unlockOPEN ACCESS
    • Darrell Hoffman, Maja Krzic, Samson Nashon and Margaret Schmidt
      Blending Multimedia and Face-to-Face Teaching to Enhance Learning about the Forest Floor
      Core Ideas
      • Forest floor is essential to forest ecosystems, but classification is difficult.
      • Multimedia and face-to-face learning can teach visual tasks like soil classification.
      • Students identified repeated visualizations and collaboration as important.
      • Combining quantitative and qualitative methods of assessment gives deeper insights.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170008
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Karen L. Vaughan, Robert E. Vaughan and Janel M. Seeley
      Experiential Learning in Soil Science: Use of an Augmented Reality Sandbox
      Core Ideas
      • Greater learning occurs when students are active participants.
      • An augmented reality sandbox belongs in the soil science classroom.
      • Experiential learning increases student engagement.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160031
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
      [ Supplement 1 ]
      unlockOPEN ACCESS
    • Jason D. Smith and Rupesh R. Kariyat
      Plants are Not Sitting Ducks: Teaching Module on Plant Biochemical Interactions with Insects
      Core Ideas
      • Plant–caterpillar bioassays are ideal, low-cost research tools to investigate plant–herbivore interactions and underlying genetic, chemical, and physical aspects of plant biology.
      • We present methods and results for a caterpillar bioassay that was conducted by students in an introductory biology class.
      • This teaching module illustrates: (1) genetic control of plant defense traits in Arabidopsis thaliana, (2) the importance of chemicals in biological/ecological interactions, and (3) the interplay of plant defenses and herbivore responses.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170001
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Marcella A. Windmuller-Campione and David R. Carter
      Active Learning Using Smart Phones in a Flipped Classroom: A Case Study on Developing Final Videos in Silviculture
      Core Ideas
      • The ubiquity of smart devices is changing classroom capabilities in higher education natural resource classes.
      • The final video project extends the active learning environment outside the physical classroom into the forest.
      • The final video assignment is essentially a cumulative, open-book exam where students practice presentation skills and interact with technology.
      • This assignment can be adapted for other subjects and/or larger classes by shifting the focus of the rubric to encompass the goals of the class.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170005
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Nagwan R. Zahry and John C. Besley
      Students’ Perceptions of Agriculture and Natural Resources Majors: Understanding STEM Choice
      Core Ideas
      • Perceptions about college of agriculture as STEM-related college.
      • Factors that predictors students’ interest in college of agriculture.
      • Descriptive norms, warmth, and competence of agricultural professionals are predictors of students’ appeal of agricultural majors.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160019
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Ryan Sharp and Adam Ahlers
      Undergraduates’ Understanding of Agricultural Impacts on Wildlife: A Case for Wildlife Conservation Education
      Core Ideas
      • Students’ perceptions of agriculture’s impact on wildlife populations differ from science-based information.
      • Academic major may influence students’ perceptions of agriculture’s impact on wildlife populations.
      • Where students obtain their information influences perceptions of wildlife conservation.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160030
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
  • K-12 EDUCATION up

    • Hannah Z. Reilly and Mary Carla Curran
      Ebb Light, Flood Light: Red Light, Green Light for Larval Flatfishes
      Core Ideas
      • Flatfishes can be used to teach students about animal movement patterns.
      • Students use the game Red Light, Green Light as a model for flatfish movement.
      • K–2 students learn how flatfish use tides and position in the water column to move.
      • Students complete a worksheet to demonstrate their learned knowledge.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160024
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
      [ Supplement 1 ]
    • Christina Lappa, Nicholas Kyparissos and Stefanos Paraskevopoulos
      Environmental Education at the Special School: Opinions of Special Education Teachers
      Core Ideas
      • Environmental education in special education is feasible.
      • Environmental education requires further training of educators.
      • Environmental education is beneficial to children with disabilities.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170004
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Ahmad N. Aziz, Fisseha Tegegne, Jason de Koff and Roger Wiemers
      Biofuel Training Workshops for Diverse Stakeholders Ranging from Pre-College Students to Educators
      Core Ideas
      • Biofuels workshops positively affected educators, pre-college students, and graduate students.
      • Multidisciplinary trainings were implemented to accommodate diverse knowledge levels while each groups’ needs were assessed to facilitate future adaptations.
      • For continued teaching, all educators were provided biodiesel classroom teaching kits.
      • Training materials are available online for continued accessibility to stakeholders.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160033
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Jana Laganis, Kristina Prosen and Gregor Torkar
      Classroom versus Outdoor Biology Education Using a Woody Species Identification Digital Dichotomous Key
      Core Ideas
      • The digital identification key proved to be successful in promoting learning, regardless of the learning scenario.
      • Students who gained better results on the tests also had a better opinion about the app and its usefulness for learning about organisms.
      • No major gender-related differences were found in attitudes toward the use of this app and in knowledge.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160032
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]

    • Crista L. Straub and Jessica E. Leahy
      Intergenerational Environmental Communication: Child Influence on Parent Environmental Knowledge and Behavior
      Core Ideas
      • We studied intergenerational environmental communication (IGEC) by implementing surveys.
      • After participating in a groundwater environmental education program, child knowledge increased but parent knowledge did not increase.
      • There was a perceived difference in levels of environmental communication between child and parent.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:nse2016.06.0018
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Abby E. Neu, Marshall D. Stern and Krishona L. Martinson
      Undergraduate Student Learning Gains and Satisfaction in Online and In-Person Animal Science Courses
      Core Ideas
      • Student learning gains occurred using in-person and online methods.
      • Student satisfaction was high for in-person and online methods.
      • Online courses can be used to teach undergraduate students animal science courses.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:nse2017.02.0003
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
      unlockFREE PREVIEW
    • Alexa J. Lamm and Kevan W. Lamm
      Mapping the Money: A Social Network Analysis of Funding Relationships among Higher Education Biology Opinion Leaders
      Core Ideas
      • Securing grant funding for science education is more important than ever.
      • The National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Institute of General Medical Sciences were central actors in funding networks.
      • Relationships between sources can provide opportunities and gateways for future funding.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170006
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • I. A. Kareem, I. A. Ayinde, A. O. Dipeolu and C. I. Sodiya
      Comparative Gender Efficiency in Cassava Production in Ogun State, Nigeria
      Core Ideas
      • This study described the socioeconomic and production characteristics of cassava producers in the study area.
      • This study determined the production efficiency of cassava farmers.
      • This study found out the effect of gender in production inefficiency of cassava in the study area.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160006
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Get Permissions ]

    • Andrew Lindsay
      Organic Carbon Analysis of Charcoal-Enriched Soils at Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170101
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Sarah Zerger
      Management of Sugarcane Aphid in Sorghum
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170102
      [ Preview (PDF) ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Kayla Smith
      Elevating Precision Agriculture to New Heights
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170103
      [ Preview (PDF) ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]

    • T. M. DeSutter and K. L. DeSutter
      A Unique Approach to Teaching Co-Listed Science Courses: “Forty Chances” for Improved Graduate Student Education
      Core Ideas
      • Graduate students read, reflected, and discussed Forty Chances for a co-listed course.
      • Students learned about the importance of soil health to food security.
      • Using trade books in graduate courses helps link research to global, human issues.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170019
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
    • Debolina Chakraborty, Michael Mulvaney, Diane Rowland, Jerry Bennett, George Hochmuth and Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez
      Increasing the Disciplinary Breadth in Graduate Training in Agricultural Science to Meet the Industry Need for Addressing Global Food System Complexity
      Core Ideas
      • Interaction with industry through industry feedback or internship would expose students to practical problems, technologies, management practices, and issues facing modern agriculture.
      • Practical experience is often lacking in current agriculture industry applicants.
      • Certificate programs should be given increased emphasis in agricultural curricula.
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:160021
      [ Abstract ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Tables Only ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]

    • Recipients of NSE Editor’s Citation for Excellence, 2016
      Natural Sciences Education 2017 46:170500
      [ Preview (PDF) ][ Full Text ] [ PDF ] [ Figures Only ] [ Get Permissions ]
      unlockOPEN ACCESS
  • Facebook   Twitter