After the time has elapsed, the instructor asks the spokesperson to share answers with the entire class. Using a guided inquiry approach in the traditional vertebrate anatomy laboratory. As the instructor moved among groups to check on student progress, the scribe's worksheet was the only one examined. Performance on the same multiple-choice final exam rose from a mean of 68% to 88% over the same time period. We implemented inquiry-based learning into three physiology courses: Comparative Vertebrate Physiology majors , Human Physiology majors , and Human Anatomy and Physiology nonmajors.
Too much content, not enough thinking, and too little fun! Fulfilling the Promise: Biology Education in the Nation's Schools. The last semester the course was taught using lecture only spring 2008 ; the mean final score was 76. The number of C grades rose from 32% to 52. The aims of our curricular modifications were to improve the teaching of physiological concepts, teach students the scientific approach, and promote creative and critical thinking. The process oriented guided inquiry learning approach to teaching physical chemistry. The course is populated with students with backgrounds ranging from no previous college-level science to junior and senior biology, biochemistry, and forensic science majors.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. This is because research in science education has revealed that students are more engaged in their own learning when there is an initial context centered on student interests and experiences. In the first semester of the redesigned course fall 2008 , the mean final grade was not significantly different 77. Objectives This project aims to design and implement inquiry i. If the group was to turn anything in e. Adv Physiol Educ 27: 230—240, 2003.
Am Biol Teach 59: 80—84, 1997. From this exploration, they are then asked to come up with a definition, in their own words, of cardiac output. The instructor asks the spokesperson to put answers to certain key questions on the board. Each activity is now graded for accuracy, completeness, and whether or not it was completed in class. Our analyses indicate an increased confidence in students' ability to formulate questions and hypotheses, design experiments, collect and analyze data, and make conclusions. Am Biol Teacher 68: 342—345, 2006.
As they work, the instructor walks among groups, checks the students' progress, and provides direction, if needed, without divulging any answers. Why is it important to recycle, reduce and reuse? An inquiry-based learning model for an exercise physiology laboratory course. The scribe was the official record keeper of the group. If a new term or concept is defined, the instructor has the students write their own definition on the board, and the class works together to come to a consensus definition of the concept. Students should describe alternative explanations for how the first humans came to America and the evidence that support or contradicts these theories. In our introductory biology labs 400 students, both biology majors and nonmajors , students learn a procedure and then apply it to a new situation. Maureen Knabb is a Professor of Biology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
In spring 2008, the course was altered to deal with the larger student population. I have never found science so easy to understand. Those first few weeks were really tough but I still remember learning how to use a fluorometer to measure tyrosine. Process-oriented guided-inquiry learning in an introductory anatomy and physiology course with a diverse student population Advances in Physiology Education. Ann Rev Cell Dev Biol 25: 93—112, 2009. The lecture outlines from previous semesters were used to generate a study guide containing explicit learning goals for each chapter.
Am Biol Teach 70: 35—38, 2008. A typical class period begins with a very short no more than 1—2 min introduction to the day's activity. Evaluate the accuracy and precision of data. Students appreciated the freedom offered by the new curriculum and the opportunity to engage in the inquiry process. This not only adds something fun to the first day of class but also demonstrates unequivocally the benefits of group learning.
J Chem Educ 76: 570—574, 1999. A recent paper by Luckie et al. Designing process-oriented guided-inquiry activities: a new innovation for marketing class. We assessed our modifications using formative laboratory exams, oral presentations, and laboratory reports and summative evaluations surveys, laboratory notebook, and an end of semester project. When I started my teaching career, I knew that my laboratory courses would include some kind of inquiry.