ERIC Number: ED467605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
The Challenge of Teaching Biology 100: Can I Really Promote Active Learning in a Large Lecture?
Sokolove, Phillip G.
This document describes a study that implemented active learning into a large introductory biology course. Five approaches were employed to promote the active learning: name badges, cooperative learning groups, large group discussion, in-class written responses, and written take-home assignments. The active learning approach takes more time than a traditional teaching approach and teachers who have tried this approach have struggled whether they teach at the K-12 grade level or at the college level. It is suggested that with either approach it is impossible to cover all material in the textbooks. (YDS)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Group Instruction, Higher Education, Science Education, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.towson.edu/csme/mctp/Journeys/toc.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Div. of Undergraduate Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In: Journeys of Transformation: A Statewide Effort by Mathematics and Science Professors To Improve Student Understanding. Case Reports for Participants in the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation; see SE 066 623.