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ERIC Number: EJ858947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Teaching outside the Can: A New Approach to Introductory Biology
Ronsheim, Margaret L.; Pregnall, A. Marshall; Schwarz, Jodi; Schlessman, Mark A.; Raley-Susman, Kathleen M.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v35 n1 p12-22 May 2009
We describe a new approach to teaching introductory biology. Our introductory experience for undergraduates is a laboratory course that is entirely inquiry and discovery based. We introduce our students to fundamental concepts in biology in the framework of three multi-week laboratory modules, each of which is an open-ended investigation of a current area of biological study. Students read the primary literature about the research question, learn techniques and statistical approaches, and conduct student-designed experiments. We focus on the process of doing biology, rather than on acquiring a particular body of facts. Students are actively engaged in integrative thinking about biology, and they emerge from the laboratory experience with a strong grasp of quantitative and experimental approaches and skills. Our assessments indicate that this process-based approach is an effective way to approach introductory biology. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A