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ERIC Number: EJ898313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Promoting Science Literacy through Research Service-Learning--An Emerging Pedagogy with Significant Benefits for Students, Faculty, Universities, and Communities
Reynolds, Julie A.; Ahern-Dodson, Jennifer
Journal of College Science Teaching, v39 n6 p24-29 Jul-Aug 2010
Research service-learning (RSL) is an emerging pedagogy in which students engage in research within a service-learning context. This approach has great potential to promote science literacy because it teaches students how to use scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking in the service of society and helps them to better appreciate the strengths and limitations of the scientific method. The authors used RSL to promote science literacy in an introductory course for nonmajors, Conservation Biology of the Eno River. In this paper, they describe RSL, explain how they used it to design this course, and describe some lessons learned. They also describe the benefits of RSL for students, faculty, the community, and universities. Their hope is to provide science educators with another useful strategy for promoting science literacy. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina