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“What new references and tools have you found since the BSP? How are they useful for your project? Post to team page on the wiki.”

 

 

 

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I thought that I would start the discussion with an article that I mentioned in a previous email.

Rybarczyk, Brian, Incorporating primary literature into science learning. Pp159-. Handbook of College Science Teaching, Joel J. Mintzes, William H. Leonard - 2006

* This article is a valuable resource for several reasons. First, it described some of the challenges that face students when they use primary literature. I could identify with some of these challenges but others were new to me. Second, the authors present some criteria for selecting articles for the classroom which I found useful in my searches for useful articles. Third, the authors described several techniques for incorporating readings into the curriculum so that the reading assignments appear to be part of the course and not a "caboose" on the syllabus. Finally the authors advised that an instructor should "gradually incorporate aspects of literature into a course rather that forcing students to read an entire article at once" and in this way reduce or prevent frustration.
Posted 20:26, 16 Aug 2009
I'm embarrassed to say (but figured I need to admit this anyway), that I have had minimal opportunity to find new references or tools. I've been very busy with a 2 week NASA-funded outreach/educational academy for high school science teachers, and I've just moved into a new home (finally). I have been introduced, however, to some interesting resources for problem-based learning and assessment rubrics used in high school science classrooms that could easily be adapted for my own courses, AND I am happy to say that I've completed my mandatory CITI training for the IRB process. edited 01:23, 17 Aug 2009
Posted 01:22, 17 Aug 2009
Caron, when you get a chance, it would be great to see the resources you learned about used in high-school science classrooms. - Iglika
Posted 16:09, 17 Aug 2009
Jodie -- Brian Rybarczyk is one of my good friends. We were in same postdoc program together at UNC Chapel Hill and I talk to him often. If you have any specific questions for him, I can put you in touch with him. I know he would be happy to help you. I do know that he uses primary lit in his classes often. Just let me know--- Wendy
Posted 19:37, 17 Aug 2009
Caron, Joel Michael has written a lot about problem based learning. He published regularly in Advances in Physiology so you might search his work at the journal website. If you can't find his work let me know and I send specific references. Joel has also collaborated with Harold Modell in a good book entitled "Promoting Active Learning in the Life Science Classroom".
Posted 19:43, 17 Aug 2009
I have placed 2 articles on this page, both dealing with Student Motivation or attitude Surveys or questionaires. I have chosen to use the Student Motivation Questionnaire in my study. The authors do provide permission to use the questionnaire as long as they are cited and no copyright laws are violoated. I plan on distributing to my students the first week of class and also the last week of class.
Posted 12:31, 18 Aug 2009
Wendy - I would appreciate talking to Brian about using primary lit in classes. I sure that he would have good advice and I always appreciate another sounding board.
Posted 22:57, 19 Aug 2009
Regassa LB and Morrison-Shelter A (2009). Student learning in a project-based molecular biology course"J Coll Sci Teaching : July: 58-67.

This article examined how a project-based molecular biology course enhanced learning. The teaching strategy per se did not interest me but I thought that the study was well designed and could be a good model for classroom research. The authors used pre/post testing to measure learning gains, verified retention on exam questions, analyzed writing samples for synthesis knowledge and assessed gains in student confidence by surveying them at the beginning and end of the course. This sounded like a fairly sophisticated and complex study to me but the reason that I like the article is that the authors described how they did everything and gave detailed rubrics for assessing synthesis knowledge, writing samples, application of knowledge and student confidence.
Posted 23:32, 19 Aug 2009
I have been having a few computer issues to say the least. I read an editorial by Bill Wood
"Sharing in the Classroom"
CBE—Life Sciences Education Vol. 7, 263–264, Fall 2008,

where he addressed the issue that for clicker questions to be effective, they must be challenging, testing higher order skills. He went on to mention that ASCB was building a library of reviewed concept level questions. Just what I have been looking for to jump start my project! Turns out that they presently have only a few questions - nothing that i can use. maybe this is something that I can contribute to at a later date. In the meantime, I have completed the NIH IRB training and submitted my IRB application. I have also been asked to speak to the faculty on Sotl at our upcoming Faculty Assembly.
Posted 14:49, 25 Aug 2009
Wendy, Thanks for the article on the attitude survey - I hadn't seen that article. I have considered using the Science Motivation Questionaire which I found out through the NSTA Handbook of Science Teaching - a good reference - there is a chapter on Motivation but I haven't decided as yet which attitude assessment to use.
Posted 15:26, 25 Aug 2009
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