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Education & Outreach

Coker, Jeffrey Scott [1].

A Central Role for Plants in the “Reinventing Life” Curriculum.

There is no question that humans are rapidly and radically changing the biology of life on genetic, cellular, and ecological levels. Reinventing Life is a new, inquiry-driven curriculum for Introductory Biology that is focused on the theme of biological change in the 21st century. It includes an integrated class/lab format, student-designed experiments, a Biological Design project, Biommercials, current scholarly readings, and an emphasis on active learning. Plants are much more centralized in the Reinventing Life curriculum than in traditional Introductory Biology curricula. As a result, the curriculum is able to cohesively package and utilize many different educational resources developed by ASPB members. Although the curriculum stems from fundamental biological concepts and proven teaching methods, Reinventing Life attempts to stretch 10-50 years into the future in both areas to address the societal shifts of the future. Assessment data indicates that the Reinventing Life approach has a tremendous impact on how students view biological change in the context of evolution, genetically modified food, the environment, and even the definition of life.


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1 - Elon University, Biology, Campus Box 2625, McMichael Building, Elon, NC, 27244, USA

Keywords:
education
undergraduate
curriculum
genetic engineering
evolution.

Presentation Type: Plant Biology Abstract
Session: P
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: P46006
Abstract ID:270


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