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ERIC Number: EJ826042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1931-7913
Teaching without a Textbook: Strategies to Focus Learning on Fundamental Concepts and Scientific Process
Klymkowsky, M. W.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v6 n3 p190-193 Fall 2007
Are textbooks useful, or are they an unnecessary expense or even an obstacle to robust conceptual understanding? Clearly, the answer depends upon course context--what are the goals of the course, how could the textbook be used to achieve these goals, does this use justify the cost of the textbook, and are there more educationally effective or cost-effective alternatives available? In this article, the author discusses these questions from the perspective of a course he teaches: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) 1111: Biofundamentals, an introductory lecture and virtual laboratory course that uses online materials rather than a textbook. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A