ERIC Number: ED417944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Using Field Experiences To Enhance College Science.
Balas, Andrea K.; Mascazine, John R.
This paper reports on a study of general biology students (N=24) in a small college environment in the Columbus, Ohio area. Comparisons are made between student learning styles, perceptual modalities, and their responses on Likert and open response survey items. Student perceptual modalities are also correlated with the students' choices of final projects and their achievement on classroom assessments. Four themes are identified from the data analysis: (1) students who prefer experiential learning in this study are identified as using the kinesthetic and perceptual modalities; (2) student achievement increases with choice; (3) field experiences can enhance and become more motivational to non-science majors and non-traditional students; and (4) the use of a variety of teaching techniques is beneficial to college science teaching. (Contains 12 references.) (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education (7th, St. Clair, Trinidad, February 26-28, 1998).