ERIC Number: EJ796487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
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Evaluating an Inquiry-Based Bioinformatics Course Using Q Methodology
Ramlo, Susan E.; McConnell, David; Duan, Zhong-Hui; Moore, Francisco B.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v17 n3 p219-225 Jun 2008
Faculty at a Midwestern metropolitan public university recently developed a course on bioinformatics that emphasized collaboration and inquiry. Bioinformatics, essentially the application of computational tools to biological data, is inherently interdisciplinary. Thus part of the challenge of creating this course was serving the needs and backgrounds of a diverse set of students, predominantly computer science and biology undergraduate and graduate students. Although the researchers desired to investigate student views of the course, they were interested in the potentially different perspectives. Q methodology, a measure of subjectivity, allowed the researchers to determine the various student perspectives in the bioinformatics course.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Computer Science, Researchers, Higher Education, Computer Uses in Education, Biology, College Students, College Faculty, Student Needs, Student Attitudes, Q Methodology, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Course Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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