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ERIC Number: EJ1011749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Utility of Self-Made Crossword Puzzles as an Active Learning Method to Study Biochemistry in Undergraduate Education
Coticone, Sulekha Rao
Journal of College Science Teaching, v42 n4 p33-39 Mar 2013
To incorporate an active learning component in a one-semester biochemistry course, students were asked to create crossword puzzles using key concepts. Student observations on the use of self-made crossword puzzles as an active-learning instructional tool were collected using a 5-point Likert survey at the end of the semester. A majority of the students felt that the crossword puzzles enhanced their learning of biochemical concepts. Constructing their own crosswords contributed to a positive experience by allowing the students to better engage in the learning experience. In addition, multiple-choice questions using clues from the crossword puzzles were also incorporated into the final examinations. Therefore, self-made crossword puzzles offer a simple and creative way to incorporate active learning into a number of courses in the biochemistry curriculum. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A