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ERIC Number: EJ785681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Using a Guided Inquiry Approach in the Traditional Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory
Meuler, Debra
American Biology Teacher, v70 n1 p35-38 Jan 2008
A central theme of the "National Science Education Standards" is teaching science as an inquiry process, allowing students to explore an authentic problem using the tools and skills of the discipline. Research indicates that more active participation by the student, which usually requires higher-order thinking skills, results in deeper learning. Laboratory components of science courses are an obvious way to include inquiry-based learning. This article presents a vertebrate anatomy lab that involves a guided inquiry approach. In this lab, while students perform a dissection, they ask scientifically-oriented questions, think critically, and problem-solve. End-of-course surveys, as well as the quality of the papers submitted by the students, indicate that this type of vertebrate anatomy lab is a more valuable and meaningful experience for students in an introductory biology course than the traditional vertebrate dissection lab. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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