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ERIC Number: EJ876516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Tapping Recent Alumni for the Development of Cutting-Edge, Investigative Teaching Laboratory Experiments
Brodl, Mark R.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v31 n1 p13-20 Mar 2005
This project presents a model for the development of an innovative, highly-experimental teaching laboratory course that centers upon collaborative efforts between recent alumni currently enrolled in Ph. D. programs (consultants) and current faculty. Because these consultants are involved in cutting-edge research, their combined talents represent a much wider range of expertise than any individual faculty member could bring to teaching laboratory development. Furthermore, the consultants' understanding of the context of the institution and its curriculum uniquely qualifies them to serve in this capacity. In this particular project, this model was applied to laboratory course development for Biology 308, a course in cellular vertebrate physiology. Consultants were selected who were involved in research in the areas of renal cell physiology, cell motility, hormonal signaling, immunology, and neurology. Each consultant's experimental system was used to develop a teaching exercise that investigates topics relevant to the course. These are areas covered in Biology 308 that were either not previously represented in the laboratory course, or the original exercise in these areas was highly routine and unengaging. The project has significantly increased the breadth of expertise at Knox. In addition, course evaluations have indicated that the students find the lab course more interesting and significant. Students are more thoroughly engaged with the exercises because they feel they have a greater stake in their outcome. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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