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ERIC Number: EJ824989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Teaching the Principles of Geomicrobiology and the Process of Experimental Research to Undergraduate and First-Year Graduate Students
O'Brien, Rachel; Roberts, Jennifer A.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v38 n2 p30-38 Dec 2008
This article presents a framework for a geomicrobiology course design that has produced impressive gains in students' contextual knowledge (e.g., Felder and Brent 2004a). The approach centers on the design and execution of a research experiment for students to (a) increase their understanding and application of the scientific method, (b) practice experimental analysis of a complex system, and (c) develop topical knowledge in geomicrobiology. In addition, it introduces students to scientific collaboration and peer review, produces significant gains in student knowledge, and promotes scientific curiosity and rigor. This approach can be easily adapted to teach skills and topical material in other natural science and engineering programs. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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