ERIC Number: EJ1044304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Biological Dialogues: How to Teach Your Students to Learn Fluency in Biology
May, S. Randolph; Cook, David L.; May, Marilyn K.
American Biology Teacher, v75 n7 p486-493 Sep 2013
Biology courses have thousands of words to learn in order to intelligently discuss the subject and take tests over the material. Biological fluency is an important goal for students, and practical methods based on constructivist pedagogies can be employed to promote it. We present a method in which pairs of students write dialogues from instructor-assigned word lists that the student pairs then present before the class. This method helps students understand the contextual meaning of the biological terms, achieving true fluency rather than just memorizing definitions.
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Dialogs (Language), Vocabulary Development, Word Lists, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods
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