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ERIC Number: EJ847976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Teaching the Nature of Biotechnology Using Service-Learning Instruction
Montgomery, Beronda L.
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v4 Article 4 Nov 2004
A 2-credit service-learning biotechnology course designed as a general education elective for students of all majors and at all levels was offered as an 8-week, half-semester course. The course met for a total of 3 hours of lecture/discussion and 2 hours of service-learning workshop weekly, during which students participated in discussions about peer-reviewed articles, group problem-solving exercises and reflective journal writing. A service-learning project related to biotechnology and addressing the educational or programmatic initiatives of a local non-profit organization and a service-learning portfolio are required elements of the course. The service-learning project required completion of agency brochures or advocacy letters, or participation in the planning and presentation of a community round table discussion on biotechnology-related issues. Based upon comparative analysis of pre- and post-course surveys, students' knowledge of biotechnological methods and practical applications of biotechnology increased significantly. Furthermore, students report a greater understanding of the societal implications of the global utilization of biotechnology. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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