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ERIC Number: EJ1170747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Engaging Non-Science Majors by Integrating Biology and the Liberal Arts
Bozzone, Donna M.; Doyle, Mary Beth
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v43 n2 p15-28 Dec 2017
We describe a pair of fully integrated courses designed to teach biology to non-majors in a manner that connects authentically to the liberal arts. The co-taught courses were organized around the question: What does it mean to be human? Students investigated this question in the context of three topics: dis/ability, race, and sex and gender. In addition, a lab program was integrated in the courses to enhance student understanding of the scientific process and to underscore the necessity of evidence to support all claims and assertions. We also implemented a weekly afterschool science club with children from the Pomerleau Boys and Girls Club. Students, many of whom were science averse prior to taking these courses, thrived. Based on the quality of their writing and class discussion, it was clear that students became increasingly adept at connecting biology to other ways of knowing and to larger issues in their lives. Similarly, they became more skillful at "doing" science in laboratory. Not only did students design and implement interesting experiments, they effectively guided children in their own explorations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont
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