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Active Learning in K-16 Classrooms

Prabhakar, Kumkum [1].

Exploring Inquiry-based Instruction in Botany to Enhance Student Learning In a Differentiated Classroom.

Teaching botany to community college students has been a challenge because botanical vocabulary is often alien to high school graduates. Plants and Society is a non-majors biology course that involves basic knowledge of chemistry, plant morphology, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant embryology, and economic botany.
The course curriculum requires that students take the responsibility to learn vocabulary for a chapter prior to each lecture class. Concepts are explored by engaging students with applications in everyday life and knowledge of botanical terms. Students visit local resources to complete assignments, as a mandatory section of exams. They also research economically important organs of plants and submit an ethnobotanical report to include doctrine of signature, cultural myths, active ingredients, scientific data from FDA, and their opinions on the usage of products available at local health food stores.
Come and explore how a universal design of teaching enhances student interest and learning in botany. Different strategies of active learning, collaborative learning, and use of technology will be discussed along with an open-ended approach to utilizing local resources, such as nurseries, natural preserves and botanical gardens.


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1 - N.C.C., Biology Department, One Education Drive, Garden City, New York, 11530-6793, USA

Keywords:
Modified Pedagogy in Botany
Investigative Approach in Botany
Active Learning.

Presentation Type: Education Forum Session:Informational Session
Session: F2003
Location: Stevens 5/Hilton
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2007
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: F2003001
Abstract ID:91


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