ERIC Number: EJ1074546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Self-Reported Student Confidence in Troubleshooting Ability Increases after Completion of an Inquiry-Based PCR Practical
Cook, Anthony L.; Snow, Elizabeth T.; Binns, Henrica; Cook, Peta S.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v43 n5 p316-323 Sep-Oct 2015
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) activities are complementary to the processes of laboratory discovery, as both are focused on producing new findings through research and inquiry. Here, we describe the results of student surveys taken pre- and postpractical to an IBL undergraduate practical on PCR. Our analysis focuses primarily student perceptions of knowledge acquisition and their ability to troubleshoot problems. The survey results demonstrate significant self-reported gains in knowledge related to DNA structure and PCR, and an increase in confidence with "troubleshooting problems during scientific experiments." We conclude that the IBL-based approach that combines PCR primer design with wet laboratory experimentation using student-designed primers, provides students a sense of confidence by imparting workplace and research skills that are integral to diverse forms and applications of laboratory practices.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Troubleshooting, Self Esteem, Knowledge Level, Achievement Gains, Science Experiments, Genetics, Problem Solving, Laboratory Experiments, Research Skills
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