Bridging the Gap: Connecting the Scientific Literature with Learning and Teaching
One of the challenges of integrating research activities into the biology curriculum is conveying to students the importance of using the scientific literature to situate their question into the larger framework of scientific knowledge. Consulting the literature and synthesizing information from it is a critical component of the research process, yet it remains difficult to get students to do this using appropriate sources. The sources they do use and cite often fall short of our expectations. How do we bridge this gap and connect students with the best source - the scientific literature? In this workshop we will explore ways to integrate the scientific literature into the biology curriculum whether it is part of a short laboratory exercise or semester-long research project. Participants will reflect on their past experiences, create learning outcomes for their students, and identify activities that can be used in a variety of settings to expose students to the scientific literature and convey its purpose in research. Attendees are encouraged to bring their course syllabi to use during this workshop.
Katherine O'Clair. "Bridging the Gap: Connecting the Scientific Literature with Learning and Teaching" The 2007 Association of College and University Biology Educators Annual Meeting: Dubuque, IA.. Oct. 2007.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/koclair/2