Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Location: Department of Biological Sciences, Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Time: 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
Symposium Presenters: McLaughlin, J.S.
Building Frameworks to Transform both Formal and Informal Learning Environments
The Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley
Authentic research experiences provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and expertise in important scientific topics and methods while also challenging them to relate concepts and practices to larger real-world issues or questions. Thus, many prominent science education agencies and organizations have recently called for more authentic research experiences in all science courses (Project Kaleidoscope, 2002; Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University, 1998; National Research Council [NRC], 2003, 2005; National Academy of Sciences, 2010; AAAS, 2011, 2015). While incorporating authentic research experiences in introductory biology instruction is a great strategy to properly train students to gain cutting-edge skills while tackling current and future challenges, problems exist for faculty implementation. This presentation will showcase Dr. McLaughlin's scholarly work in the areas of building and evaluating effective pedagogical frameworks that transform formal and informal biology learning environments into authentic research experiences for undergraduates.
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