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Casagrand, Janet; Semsar, Katharine – Advances in Physiology Education, 2017
Here we describe a 4-yr course reform and its outcomes. The upper-division neurophysiology course gradually transformed from a traditional lecture in 2004 to a more student-centered course in 2008, through the addition of evidence-based active learning practices, such as deliberate problem-solving practice on homework and peer learning structures,…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Curriculum Design, Physiology, Curriculum Development
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McLean, Sarah; Attardi, Stefanie M.; Faden, Lisa; Goldszmidt, Mark – Advances in Physiology Education, 2016
The flipped classroom is a relatively new approach to undergraduate teaching in science. This approach repurposes class time to focus on application and discussion; the acquisition of basic concepts and principles is done on the students' own time before class. While current flipped classroom research has focused on student preferences and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Blended Learning
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Goodman, Barbara E. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2016
The American Physiological Society (APS) Teaching Section annually honors an educator through its Claude Bernard Distinguished Lecture at the Experimental Biology meeting. Since I knew about my selection for almost a year, I had a long time to think about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. The theme of my presentation was…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Active Learning, Physiology, Team Teaching
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Skow, Rachel J.; Day, Trevor A.; Fuller, Jonathan E.; Bruce, Christina D.; Steinback, Craig D. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
The physiology of breath holding is complex, and voluntary breath-hold duration is affected by many factors, including practice, psychology, respiratory chemoreflexes, and lung stretch. In this activity, we outline a number of simple laboratory activities or classroom demonstrations that illustrate the complexity of the integrative physiology…
Descriptors: Physiology, Demonstrations (Educational), Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Mingueneau, M.; Chaix, A.; Scotti, N.; Chaix, J.; Reynders, A.; Hammond, C.; Thimonier, J. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
In the present article, we describe a 3-day experimental workshop on glycemia regulation and type 1 diabetes that engages students in open-ended investigations and guided experiments leading to results that are not already known to them. After an initial questioning phase during which students observe PowerPoint slides depicting the glycemia…
Descriptors: Physiology, Diabetes, Hands on Science, Science Experiments
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Rangachari, P. K.; Rangachari, Usha – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
Taste perception was the focus of an undergraduate course in the health sciences that bridged the sciences and humanities. A problem-based learning approach was used to study the biological issues, whereas the cultural transmutations of these molecular mechanisms were explored using a variety of resources (novels, cookbooks, and films). Multiple…
Descriptors: Physiology, Humanities, Perception, Health Sciences
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Lujan, Heidi L.; DiCarlo, Stephen E. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) strongly recommends that "science be taught as science is practiced." This means that the teaching approach must be consistent with the nature of scientific inquiry. In this article, the authors describe how they added scientific inquiry to a large lecture-based physiology…
Descriptors: Physiology, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction
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Agüera, E. I.; Sánchez-Hermosín, P.; Díz-Pérez, J.; Tovar, P.; Camacho, R.; Escribano, B. M. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
The aim of the present work was to transfer a wider concept of teamwork and self-learning to the laboratory, encouraging students' capabilities when seeking, acquiring, and processing knowledge. This educational innovation was carried out with a total of 38 students (fourth year of degree in Biology) in the area of physiology (Advances in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teamwork, Independent Study, Science Laboratories
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Choate, Julia K.; Denton, Kate M.; Evans, Roger G.; Hodgson, Yvonne – Advances in Physiology Education, 2014
During underwater submersion, the body responds by conserving O[subscript 2] and prioritizing blood flow to the brain and heart. These physiological adjustments, which involve the nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems, are known as the diving response and provide an ideal example of integrative physiology. The diving reflex can be…
Descriptors: Physiology, Human Body, Stimulation, Science Laboratories
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Zimbardi, Kirsten; Bugarcic, Andrea; Colthorpe, Kay; Good, Jonathan P.; Lluka, Lesley J. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2013
Science graduates require critical thinking skills to deal with the complex problems they will face in their 21st century workplaces. Inquiry-based curricula can provide students with the opportunities to develop such critical thinking skills; however, evidence suggests that an inappropriate level of autonomy provided to under prepared students…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Naji, Faysal; Salci, Lauren; Hoit, Graeme; Rangachari, P. K. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2012
Although active learning works, promoting it in large undergraduate science classes is difficult. Here, three students (F. Naji, L. Salci, and G. Hoit) join their teacher (P. K. Rangachari) in describing one such attempt. Two cohorts in a first-year undergraduate biology course explored the molecular underpinnings of human misbehavior. Students…
Descriptors: Intervals, Active Learning, Physiology, Biology
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Ribaric, Samo; Kordas, Marjan – Advances in Physiology Education, 2011
Here, we report on a new tool for teaching cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology that promotes qualitative as well as quantitative thinking about time-dependent physiological phenomena. Quantification of steady and presteady-state (transient) cardiovascular phenomena is traditionally done by differential equations, but this is time…
Descriptors: Physiology, Electronics, Active Learning, Computer Simulation