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ERIC Number: EJ881547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
From Cookbook to Collaborative: Transforming a University Biology Laboratory Course
Herron, Sherry S.
American Biology Teacher, v71 n9 p548-552 Nov-Dec 2009
As described in "How People Learn," "Developing Biological Literacy," and by the Commission on Undergraduate Education in the Biological Sciences during the 1960s and early 1970s, laboratories should promote guided-inquiries or investigations, and not simply consist of cookbook or verification activities. However, the only word that could describe the curriculum followed in the laboratory course that the author was soon scheduled to teach was "cookbook." This article describes the transformation of this biology laboratory course at an urban university from one based on a traditional cookbook style curriculum to one incorporating inquiry-based methodologies. The author concluded that the transformed biology laboratory course provided rigorous content and also promoted students' critical thinking, scientific writing, experimental, and speaking skills. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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