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ERIC Number: EJ835800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Who Wants to Be a Biologist? An Excellent Quiz Tool for Students
Turner, Ian J.
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v11 Article c1 Jun 2008
Lectures tend to be a largely passive experience with respect to student learning and it has been shown that engaging students in their own learning can increase their understanding. Quizzes have been shown to be a mechanism that improves the student learning experience, and other key factors such as a competitive environment, enjoyment, and a good classroom or group atmosphere have been shown to motivate student learning. If these key factors are combined with quizzes they could maximise the students' knowledge retention and enhance their learning experience. "Who wants to be a millionaire" (WWtbaM) is a multi-million pound grossing quiz show popular in over 100 countries from the UK and USA to Kazakhstan and Venezuela. It has a familiar format based on progressively difficult questions presented with a choice of four potential answers. This article illustrates how "WWtbaM" can be adapted to "Who wants to be a Biologist" (WWtbaB) for use in teaching. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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