ERIC Number: EJ689552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Reference Count: 21
An Investigative Laboratory Course in Human Physiology Using Computer Technology and Collaborative Writing
FitzPatrick, Kathleen A.
Advances in Physiology Education, v28 n3 p112-119 Sep 2004
Active investigative student-directed experiences in laboratory science are being encouraged by national science organizations. A growing body of evidence from classroom assessment supports their effectiveness. This study describes four years of implementation and assessment of an investigative laboratory course in human physiology for 65 second-year students in sports medicine and biology at a small private comprehensive college. The course builds on skills and abilities first introduced in an introductory investigations course and introduces additional higher-level skills and more complex human experimental models. In four multiweek experimental modules, involving neuromuscular, reflex, and cardiovascular physiology, by use of computerized hardware/software with a variety of transducers, students carry out self-designed experiments with human subjects and perform data collection and analysis, collaborative writing, and peer editing. In assessments, including standard course evaluations and the Salgains Web-based evaluation, student responses to this approach are enthusiastic, and gains in their skills and abilities are evident in their comments and in improved performance.
Descriptors: Laboratories, Educational Technology, Editing, Computer Uses in Education, Sports Medicine, Collaborative Writing, Physiology, Course Evaluation
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