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ERIC Number: EJ887498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
University Facilities as Real-World Foci of Multidisciplinary Science Learning
Wojdak, Jeremy; Guinan, Judy; Wirgau, Joseph; Kugler, Charles; Hammond, Georgia; Small, Christine; Manyara, Charles; Singer, Frederick; Watts, Chester; Bodo, Bethany; Baldwin, Andrew
Journal of College Science Teaching, v39 n5 p8-16 May 2010
The authors sought to better approximate the practice of "real" science in our classrooms by having students study a newly built storm-water remediation wetland on campus. The wetland was meant to gather and clean storm water running off of student parking lots--thus students had ownership in the problem and potential solution. Participating faculty members in the biology, chemistry, geography, and geology departments created learning modules to introduce students to industry-standard techniques, scientific research skills, and the structure and functioning of wetlands. Most modules had opportunities for student-driven inquiry; for instance, students identified what aspects of the wetland were most important and poorly known and designed projects to fill those data gaps. Students, faculty, and a keynote speaker convened yearly at a Wetland Forum to exchange data and experiences. The project was assessed with pre/post-testing of student perceptions and learning outcomes. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A