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ERIC Number: EJ921507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Art Instruction in the Botany Lab: A Collaborative Approach
Baldwin, Lyn; Crawford, Ila
Journal of College Science Teaching, v40 n2 p26-31 Nov 2010
Good observations are often fundamental to good science, and drawing has long been recognized as a tool to develop students' observation skills. Yet when drawing in illustrated journals was introduced into botany laboratories in an undergraduate, teaching-focused university, students reported feeling uncomfortable and intimidated by the required drawing. In response, a botany instructor and a visual arts instructor collaborated to develop and integrate a drawing tutorial into botany laboratories. The drawing tutorial introduced botany students to basic drawing techniques and provided a venue for their initial work to be critiqued. Overall, students reported that the illustrated learning journal had a positive influence on their learning and that the drawing tutorial supported the use of the illustrated learning journal assignment. Furthermore, the collaboration enhanced both instructors' appreciation of the role drawing can play in facilitating authentic inquiry in science. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A