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ERIC Number: EJ944304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0006-3568
Teaching Biology for a Sustainable Future
Musante, Susan
BioScience, v61 n10 p751 Oct 2011
Students at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can now take an innovative biology course in which an integrated, interdisciplinary, problem-based approach is used--one that the scientific community itself is promoting. The first course in a four-semester sequence, Biology 123--The Living World: Concepts and Connections--explores real-world problems and biology's role in addressing these major societal issues. In Bio123, students learn core biological concepts while developing their problem-solving and quantitative skills and applying their new knowledge to societal challenges related to food, the environment, energy, and health. Too often, faculty use teaching methods that do not support the ways in which people learn, the needs of the world, or the job market. By focusing on sustainability, students can experience firsthand the relevance of their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses and can gain insight into how they can contribute to solving challenging global problems both throughout their lives and through their own career choices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan