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There are 2 questions that I will address in this project

  1. Will teaching students in Principles of Biology to use the literature influence how effectively upperclassman can use the literature to write about science and gain scientific knowledge.  (I can’t evaluate this now.) 
  2. Can I teach students in Principles of Biology to use the literature in a way that prepares them to use the literature to write about science and gain scientific knowledge?.  

 

Strategy 

         Introduce first year biology majors to the scientific literature by asking them to read it, using a series of assignments that coordinate journal articles with curricular topics 

 

The Specific Learning Objectives of this project are:

At the end of the course students should  

         understand how the scientific literature is organized (primary vs review articles) 

         how a primary research  article is constructed  

         be able to use this knowledge to acquire information.   

         be able to make a preliminary evaluation of the validity of  information in a journal article using a set of simple criteria 

 

The objectives of this strategy will be evaluated using the following assessment tools.  

         Pre/post test of information gathering skills and knowledge of the structure and organization of the scientific literature 

         Written assignments, class quizzes, and class discussions that use the literature to augment course content 

         Class discussion associated with the quizzes 

         Exam questions: multiple choice and essay evaluating skills and comprehension 

          Concept maps 

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