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Success in an ever-changing world: Teaching and learning strategies for incorporating affective and values-based learning outcomes into science classrooms
The Western Conference on Science Education
  • Heather Campbell, Brescia University
  • Christine M. Tenk, Brescia University
  • Jasna Twynstra, Brescia University
  • Jennifer Sutton, Brescia University
Session Type
FNB 2240
Start Date
4-7-2019 11:30 AM
  • Outcomes-based education; peer review; reflective practice; perspective taking
Primary Threads
Teaching and Learning Science

Outcomes-based education (OBE) is linked with improving students’ abilities to use higher order thinking, articulate their learning, and engage in lifelong learning (Biggs & Tang, 2011). Many universities encourage the use of degree-level learning outcomes to capture non-disciplinary knowledge acquired with an undergraduate degree. In particular, competencies like self-awareness, intercultural competence, ethical reasoning, or interpersonal communication are important for ensuring our students’ success in an unpredictable future (Bartimote-Aufflick, et al, 2016; Clouston, 2018; Shephard, 2008). For science educators, the realities of designing courses which address these outcomes can be challenging as the outcomes may not have obvious connections to scientific content (Koballa, 2007; Lederman & Abell, 2014). How, then, can science educators best incorporate such outcomes into their courses and teaching?

Our institution has implemented an institution-wide OBE approach that includes affective, introspective, and values-based learning outcomes. This presentation highlights approaches such as peer review, reflective practice, and perspective taking that link scientific course content to these fundamental, life-long learning competencies. After reviewing our teaching strategies through a short round of lightning talks, participants will be encouraged to discuss their own courses with the goal of generating authentic teaching and assessment methods for values-based or affective learning outcomes in the sciences.


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Heather Campbell, Christine M. Tenk, Jasna Twynstra and Jennifer Sutton. "Success in an ever-changing world: Teaching and learning strategies for incorporating affective and values-based learning outcomes into science classrooms" (2019)
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