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Title: Designing Inquiry Based Labs for College-Level Biology Students
Authors: Laroche, Karl
Charles, Elizabeth
Dugdale, Michael
Hughes, Sean
Lenton, Kevin
Adams, Rhys
Cormier, Caroline
Turcotte, Véronique
Zhang, Chao
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Laroche, K., Charles, E., Dugdale, M., Hughes, S., Lenton, K., Adams, R., Cormier, C., Turcotte, V., & Zhang, C. (2023). Designing inquiry based labs for college-level biology students. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 2263-2266). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We report on a practitioner-researcher crafted semester-long biology inquiry-based lab approach which implemented a new script based on conceptual progression. Students were required to make decisions in well-scaffolded contexts relating to each component of the scientific process separately, but progressing in an order supporting the knowledge and skills to be learned, from experimental design and statistical/procedural methods, to formulating hypotheses, and ultimately drawing conclusions. In each module, students took up agency for a single component, but scaffolded within an exploration of the entire scientific process, including reflecting on how their work integrated into a full pre-prepared journal article. The progression concluded with students completing a small comprehensive project on their own. Results were encouraging, as students met the significant challenge of the final project, meaning our approach could serve as a model for other biology instructors. Further research will explore the success of the various scaffolds employed.
Description: Practice-Oriented Paper
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