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ERIC Number: EJ789310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Crossing over: An Undergraduate Service Learning Project that Connects to Biotechnology Education in Secondary Schools
Hark, Amy T.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v36 n2 p159-165 Mar-Apr 2008
The importance of engaging students in science and helping them to become informed citizens has been highlighted by many groups invested in science education. This report describes a project that furthers both academic and civic goals through the integration of a service learning component into an undergraduate course. This nonmajors class covers the biology underlying the use of genetic information in today's society and provides students with the opportunity to discuss related ethical and political issues. The service learning project itself involved the creation of instructional materials dealing with the above topics and issues for use in local secondary school classrooms. Students developed materials in a digital media format to allow for revision in response to peer and community feedback. Outcomes of this pilot project suggest benefits to undergraduates as well as high school educators and students. Interdisciplinary collaborations and local educational partnerships have also been developed and strengthened through this work. (Contains 3 figures, 7 tables, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Community; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A