ERIC Number: EJ1056437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Community Action Projects: Applying Biotechnology in the Real World
Nguyen, Phuong D.; Siegel, Marcelle A.
American Biology Teacher, v77 n4 p241-247 Apr 2015
Project-based learning and action research are powerful pedagogies in improving science education. We implemented a semester-long course using project-based action research to help students apply biotechnology knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world. Students had several choices to make in the project: working individually or as a team, selecting a topic of interest, and targeting a local community group. To enhance teachers' abilities to lead students through action projects, we describe the framework, provide class data, and discuss benefits and challenges encountered. This course could serve as a model of how project-based action research can benefit student learning in biotechnology.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biotechnology, Student Projects, Action Research, Relevance (Education), Community Problems, Teaching Methods, Genetics, Needs Assessment, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Nonmajors
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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