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This website presents materials and results from NSF supported work on Diagnostic Question Clusters to Improve Student Reasoning and Understanding in General Biology Courses. The website provides access to the Diagnostic Question Clusters and active learning strategies associated with the questions plus the pedagogical and...
This website presents materials and results from NSF supported work on Diagnostic Question Clusters to Improve Student Reasoning and Understanding in General Biology Courses. The website provides access to the Diagnostic Question Clusters and active learning strategies associated with the questions plus the pedagogical and research context for these materials.
We have targeted two challenges to the teaching of General Biology:
1) Most students do not address biological questions with the principles? and reasoning used by biologists and
2) Most faculty do not teach students how to use the principles and to think like practicing biologists. The project centers on a set of interrelated Diagnostic Question Clusters (DQCs) designed to "hook" biology faculty to question and learn about their students' understanding of core biological concepts and ways of thinking about biology.
The DQCs we focus on here concern tracing energy and matter through 3 levels biological complexity (atomic/molecular/cellular, organism and ecosystem).
College General Ed,
College Lower Division,
College Upper Division
Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: FOUR STEPS: 1) SELECT and download DQCs YOU WANT TO USE, 2) ADMINISTER DQC & MAKE A DIAGNOSIS, 3) USE ACTIVE TEACHING APPROACHES TO HELP STUDENTS IMPROVE ON PROBLEMATIC THINKING YOU DIAGNOSED, & 4) EVALUATE PROGRESS.
This material has been made available to help intro biology faculty take their students from the informal level of everyday thinking to more scientific ways of thinking about matter and energy at multiple levels of organization.
Material can be adapted and edited for your won purposes once you download the word documents.