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ERIC Number: EJ995481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Motivating Active Learning of Biochemistry through Artistic Representation of Scientific Concepts
Bruna, Carola
Journal of Biological Education, v47 n1 p46-51 2013
First-year students often feel discouraged, especially with courses that require complex thinking and involve establishing relations between different subjects such as biochemistry. It has been proposed that student-centred pedagogy can achieve motivation and improve learning. In this context, this case study reports the use of art as a strategy to engage students in studying and learning biochemistry. Three Art & Biochemistry sessions were included in the programme of the Biochemistry course of first-year veterinary medicine students as one of the graded activities. Working as a team, students expressed a biochemical concept or process of their choice through any art representation to their classmates and to a panel of professors, both of which evaluated their performance using a global perspective rubric. The students' assessment of the activity over three consecutive years suggests that the Art & Biochemistry sessions were successful as an approach to motivate them, and were also perceived as helpful to the understanding and learning of biochemistry. This report supports a positive relationship between art and science in enhancing self-learning and could be easily applied to other subjects and disciplines. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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