Mahmood, Hajara , Johnson, Heather , Alice, Lawrence , Sahi, Shivendra .
Conversion of Traditional Taxonomy-Centered
Botany Labs to Case-Based Inquiry Learning.
“Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” - Chinese Proverb. Involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit students to seek resolutions to questions and issues while constructing new knowledge. Taxonomy-centered botany has been taught in a traditional way for biology majors at our university for many years. Traditional teaching methods include viewing prepared slides of plant sections, viewing live plant samples, and memorization of botanical terminology and illustrations. Our goal is to convert these existing traditional labs to case-based inquiry labs without compromising the amount of material covered. Each lab is being reshaped around a central question. Additionally, student ownership of lab manuals will be accomplished by the students developing their own section for each lab of the manual. Technology, including a microscope with a digital camera, will be incorporated into the experiments. We expect these changes to increase student learning and retention levels. Moreover, we predict that a hands-on approach will encourage larger numbers of students to take this elective sophomore-level course for majors and further their study in plant biology. In this session we will discuss our plans for revamping the labs, methods of assessment, and the issues involved in bringing taxonomy-centered labs into the twenty-first century.
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1 - Western Kentucky University, Biology, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11080, Bowling Green, KY, 42101, USA
2 - Western Kentucky University, Biology, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-1080, USA
3 - Western Kentucky UNiversity, Biology
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM