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Hoskinson, Anne-Marie

Assistant Professor
Minnesota State University, Mankato
242 Trafton Science Center S.
Mankato, MN 56001
Tel. 507.389.5752

My Biology Scholars Research Project

Un-Teachable? Un-Learnable? Collaboration Skills in the College Science Classroom

What is the focus of your investigation?

Collaboration, within and among disciplines, is an essential skill set for successful biological research, yet its practices – much less how to teach collaboration – are poorly understood. My research asks how scientists can teach collaboration in the classroom and in authentic research mentorship.

Basic Information re research:

-Course - name and number:   Biol 2400 Mathematical Models in Biology

-Semester(s):   Fall 2006 –Spring 2008

-Student population (i.e. Biology/Biotech, Majors, etc.): Biology majors – required quantitative core course

-Number of students:  40/semester

-Level of students:  Sophomores - seniors

Scholar Implementation Plan (Please fill in approximate dates when these activities will be completed.)

-I have discussed IRB requirements with GT. I'm now preparing the proposal for IRB approval.

-All data have been collected. Preliminary analysis of quantitative data is done.

What resources/references have you found helpful?

To be included...

What is your approach and/or what evidence will you gather?
The first paper is a descriptive account of the evolution of a collaborative teaching model over four semesters. I will include quantitative and qualitative data (pending IRB approval).
What results have emerged ?
What's most surprising to me - even though I designed the course to foster collaboration - is how robust the outcomes were. Despite variables such as having three different co-instructors over the four semesters, personal illness, and other circumstances, students were remarkably consistent in their reported satisfaction with the course and their development as collaborative scientists.
What information may be found in your Appendices?

This will develop.

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