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ERIC Number: EJ917125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Assessment Practices of Advanced Field Ecology Courses
Lei, Simon A.
Education, v130 n3 p404-415 Win 2010
Learning is an active process, best facilitated by involving the learning in cognitive engagement with the information to be learned. Most college ecology instructors consist of lecture and exams, but also include active components of laboratories and field trips (campus and off-campus). Field trips can be subdivided into three major phases: pre-trip, during a trip, and post-trip. Although most of the assessments occur during the post-trip phase, several assessment practices can also occur during the pre-trip and trip phases. Field trips should be placed at the early stages of the environmental biology curriculum, and should focus on hands-on activities that cannot be conducted effectively in the classroom and laboratory. Students generally prefer field trips and corresponding exercises over indoor classroom and laboratory exercises because they were more realistic, interesting, and interactive. Field trips are an effective supplement to classroom and laboratory instruction in upper-undergraduate and graduate-level (advanced) ecology courses. This study reviews various assessment strategies at three major phases of a trip in field ecology courses. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A