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ERIC Number: EJ936406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0006-3568
Upgrading Undergraduate Biology Education
Musante, Susan
BioScience, v61 n7 p512-513 Jul 2011
On many campuses throughout the country, undergraduate biology education is in serious need of an upgrade. During the past few decades, the body of biological knowledge has grown exponentially, and as a research endeavor, the practice of biology has evolved. Education research has also made great strides, revealing many new insights into how students learn and producing effective teaching strategies. But the practice of undergraduate biology education does not reflect these advances. For many students, biology continues to be a laundry list of topics, countless new words and diagrams to memorize, and cookbook experiments to get through, rather than a conceptual understanding of the field and scientific skills. In this article, the author discusses three new initiatives for improving the undergraduate biology experience for students, each targeting different segments along the education system continuum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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