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ERIC Number: ED490472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Demonstrated Ways to Use Rapid Cycling "Brassica Rapa" in Ecology Instruction and Research
Kelly, Martin G.
Online Submission
The National Science Foundation has a long supported the use of "Wisconsin Fast Plants" (rapid cycling "B. rapa") in the teaching of Biology (K-12). I believe that the opportunity is at hand for biologists to significantly extend past efforts made by our colleagues at the K-12 level to higher education. Biology faculty can realize the many practical benefits of RCBr as a model organism with known genotype and phenotype for student research in the lab and in the field. One area of investigative student experience that is significantly lacking, is the development of ecological investigations using Fast Plants. Here, I demonstrate how I incorporated Fast Plants into three college courses to provide students with: (1) An authentic and enriching research experience. (2) A link between "classroom and professional practice". (3) A connection between what students read and reality. (4) Experience with Fast Plants as a model system for their research and teaching. (Contains 6 color photographs, 2 bar graphs, 2 tables, a list of 5 "helpful publications," and a list of 6 "helpful resources.")
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A