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ERIC Number: EJ854240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Performing as Scientists: An Improvisational Approach to Student Research and Faculty Collaboration
Holmes, Raquell M.; Qureshi, Maryam M.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v33 n1 p23-29 Mar 2006
The project described in this article is less about the content area, computational cell biology, and more about the educational practice of the students and faculty involved. Over the course of the past four years, Dr. Raquell Holmes has worked to create curricular resources that support the integration of modeling methods in biology education. For three of those years, students have been involved in the research required to develop chapters for a textbook in progress. This research experience for students is similar to other research experiences which include students identifying primary literature, participating in lab meetings, generating reports, and giving presentations. A unique feature of this research experience was its explicit focus on creating a group-learning environment. Students were hired based on their interests in the project and their willingness to work in groups. We describe the process that lead to the creation of a group-learning environment that supports the development of both students and faculty as researchers and academics. We understand this to have been a cultural, performatory process and introduce both the metaphor and practice of performance, particularly improvisation, in undergraduate education and research. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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