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ERIC Number: EJ1060281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Using a Simple "Escherichia Coli" Growth Curve Model to Teach the Scientific Method
McKernan, Lisa N.
American Biology Teacher, v77 n5 p357-362 May 2015
The challenge of teaching in the sciences is not only conveying knowledge in the discipline, but also developing essential critical thinking, data analysis, and scientific writing skills. I outline an exercise that can be done easily as part of a microbiology laboratory course. It teaches the nature of the research process, from asking questions and developing a testable hypothesis to writing a scientific paper, as well as the concepts of bacterial growth and two classic techniques for measuring bacterial growth, spectrophotometry, and standard plate method.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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