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ERIC Number: EJ1069980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Impacts of Digital Imaging versus Drawing on Student Learning in Undergraduate Biodiversity Labs
Basey, John M.; Maines, Anastasia P.; Francis, Clinton D.; Melbourne, Brett
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v40 n2 p15-21 Dec 2014
We examined the effects of documenting observations with digital imaging versus hand drawing in inquiry-based college biodiversity labs. Plant biodiversity labs were divided into two treatments, digital imaging (N = 221) and hand drawing (N = 238). Graduate-student teaching assistants (N = 24) taught one class in each treatment. Assessments revealed that imaging relative to drawing had a significant negative effect on the lower order content students included in their lab reports, student perceptions of the lab overall, the time efficiency of their learning experience and perceived excitement. Documentation style had no significant influence on lower-order or higher-order learning or attitudes towards biology as a discipline. Contrary to overall trends, observations indicated that a proportion of students were excited and motivated by digital imaging. A mixed model of allowing students the choice of documenting observations with digital imaging or drawing may be the best model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Grant or Contract Numbers: EF-0905606