ERIC Number: EJ1060281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
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.
Descriptors: Microbiology, Teaching Methods, Research Methodology, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Critical Thinking, Hypothesis Testing, Scientific Concepts, Undergraduate Students, Research Papers (Students), Grading, Scoring Rubrics, Laboratory Experiments
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