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Microbiology Field Trips: Are they Useful? 

 (Or: Does experiential learning impact students’ career awareness, appreciation of the microbial world, and motivation in microbiology courses?) 

As you may have noticed, your instructor, Ann Cheeptham (Office # 250-371-5891) is interested in whether field trips are a useful part of this course—and is studying this very question.  (She is being assisted in this endeavour by the also interested Nancy Flood; office #250-828-5436).  As you may also have noticed, Ann has given you very short tests before and after each field trip, and is now giving you a brief survey to get your opinion on this topic.  In addition, she will analyze the answers you give to certain questions on your final exam in an attempt to investigate the value of such trips.  In total, your participation in the study has/will have taken less than two hours.   The results of this investigation may help us decide whether to continue taking field trips (perhaps providing an argument for them, if they are useful), and/or whether to change —and improve—the trips we do take.  The results will be shared with other instructors at TRU and/or other universities in the form of either a written paper or an oral presentation.  As you know (from having read the consent form at the beginning of this semester), your involvement with this study is completely voluntary; you may refuse to participate at any time.  If you fill out this brief survey, we assume you have consented to participate in this portion of the study.  As you also know, your answers (to the questions on pre and post tests, on this survey and on your exams) are confidential; your answers will be identified by a code number and you name will not be shared with anyone.  Finally, remember that your participation (or lack of it) has no effect on your grade or standing in the course.   

So what do you think?  You can help out by providing answers to the questions below.  Please also feel free to offer any comments you like on the back of this sheet.  

1.    I think field trips are important for conveying content in this course: they added to my understanding of concepts in microbiology. 

strongly agree 

agree 

neutral 

disagree 

strongly disagree 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  I enjoyed the field trips: they were a fun part of the course. 

strongly agree 

agree 

neutral 

disagree 

strongly disagree 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circle the course you are taking and rank the field trips 1 to 3, in order from most useful (1) to least useful (3)   

Biology 220                                                                         Rank                      Biology  449                                        Rank 

City of Kamloops’ Sewage Treatment Centre     ____                       Armstrong Cheese Factory          ____ 

Kamloops Centre for Water Quality                        ____                       Kamloops beer brewery                               ____ 

Royal Inland Hospital’s pathology laboratory     ____                       Granite Creek Winery                    ____ 

Comments?  See other side of this sheet…… 

Please add any comments you would like to about the field trips: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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