ERIC Number: EJ1027765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
A Focused Assignment Encouraging Deep Reading in Undergraduate Biochemistry
Spiegelberg, Bryan D.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v42 n1 p1-5 Jan-Feb 2014
Encouraging undergraduate students to access, read, and analyze current primary literature can positively impact learning, especially in advanced courses. The incorporation of literature into coursework typically involves reading and responding to full research reports. Such exercises have clear value as students make connections between experiments and are able to probe and critique scientific logic. The exclusive use of full papers, though, may reinforce certain students' tendencies to rely on textual clues rather than a critical analysis of the actual data presented. I propose that structured activities requiring students to focus on individual parts of research papers, even on a single figure, are beneficial in a literature-centered advanced undergraduate course, because they promote the deep reading that is critical to scientific discourse. In addition, I describe how one such focused assignment boosted learning and was well received by students in a second-semester biochemistry course.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biochemistry, College Science, Content Area Reading, Reading Assignments, Scientific Research, Advanced Courses, College Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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