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ERIC Number: EJ854239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
What Causes Asthma? Using the Primary Scientific Literature in Introductory Biology
McMaster, Robert T.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v33 n1 p9-21 Mar 2006
Peer-reviewed literature is the single most important forum in which research findings are presented for critical review. College biology students can benefit a great deal from early exposure to this resource, but insufficient background information, technical jargon, and complex statistical analyses often present considerable obstacles to entry-level students. This paper describes an instructional module on asthma that seeks to overcome some of the barriers to use of the primary scientific literature with introductory college biology classes. Twenty-four papers have been selected from major international biomedical journals reporting on clinical and epidemiological studies of asthma, each of which explores one or a few possible causes of the disorder in everyday life. A different paper is assigned to each student or group of students. Background material on asthma and alternative research designs is presented to prepare students for their assigned reading. At the conclusion of the module, each student or group presents a paper, its methods and findings, along with insights into the study's strengths and weaknesses. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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