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View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3c of 7: Determining confidence: sex and statistics

In this article we demonstrate the use of a primary research paper as an assessment tool, helping to determine how well students understand a biological concept and their ability to interpret...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3d of 7: Lyme disease: a case about ecosystem services

One way to help students develop critical thinking skills is to focus on problems or cases where they are challenged to deal with real data and experiences (Bransford et al. 2004). Both problem-based...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 4a of 7: Collaborative learning: a jigsaw

Reading and understanding primary research literature is a challenge for students as they can be intimidated by scientific jargon and the unfamiliar style of scientific prose (Epstein 1972; White...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 4b of 7: Problem solving: a foundation for modeling

Reading and discussing primary literature is central to communicating science. Students need practice in reading the literature for purposes beyond gaining information. Literature can be used to both...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 5a of 7: Novel assessments: detecting success in student learning

This article illustrates how multiple methods can be used to assess student understanding of the “novel weapons hypothesis” presented in the Callaway and Ridenour review of theories regarding...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 5b of 7: Learning through peer assessment

Ecological succession is driven by disturbance, both natural and human-induced, and change occurs at multiple scales, both temporal and spatial. Understanding the mechanisms involved in succession...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 5c of 7: Unleashing problem solvers: from assessment to designing research

Can transgenes be kept on a leash?” ask Marvier and Van Acker in the [attached] review article. “No”, they answer, “the movement of transgenes beyond their intended destination is a virtual...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 6a of 7: Active homework: preparation for active classes

We use the Kappel article [attached] to model ways to engage students in active homework to advance learning both inside and outside the classroom. Kappel’s article provides an overview of threats...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 6b of 7: Unraveling complexity: building an understanding of Everglades restoration

Understanding the complexity of ecosystems at all scales, macro to micro, is challenging for students (and scientists!) to unravel. Sklar and colleagues present the engaging problem of the...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 6c of 7: Here today, not gone tomorrow?

Extinction has been a fact of life since long before humans arrived on Earth. Now that humans have contributed to the issues of scale and novel causes of endangered species, questions addressing how...

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