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ERIC Number: EJ1115649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1306-3065
A Flipped Classroom Exercise to Teach Undergraduates to Critically Think Using Primary Scientific Literature
Zimeri, Anne Marie
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v11 n12 p5396-5403 2016
Critically thinking about scientific data to form opinions on controversial issues in environmental health is crucial in undergraduate education in the field. An assignment paired with a "flipped" classroom activity was designed to impart knowledge on how to search the primary literature and extract data that can help formulate a point of view on several environmental topics including endangered species designation, genetic engineering, organic farming, population control, worldwide banning of DDT, mining/drilling, sushi, nationalized health care. Data are presented that show the assignment was effective in motivating critical thinking and making students take sides on these issues based on data rather than on values. This assignment is adaptable to any field of environmental science in which topics of controversy arise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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