|TITLE:||SURVEY OF EFFECT OF INTERACTION WITH NATURAL HISTORY SPECIMENS ON STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS SCIENCE|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||ROY, TILOTTAMA|
|OTHER INVESTIGATORS:||KOY, KAREN|
File Created: September 10, 2021|
Department Chair Action Date: September 15, 2021
Current Status: Expired. Final Status Report or Extension Needed.
|Confidentiality||Data are linked to individuals.|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe overall goal of this project is to assess how direct student interaction with specimens from natural history collections improves student learning, critical thinking, and attitudes towards the sciences in our undergraduate natural science courses. We have developed specific assessment strategies to determine whether the teaching methods used are effective towards improving student outcomes.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYThis project will involve undergraduate students registered for several courses taught by the principle and the co-principle investigators, including BIO 105 Principles of Organismal Biology, BIO 101 Principles of Biology, ESC 111 Physical Geology, and BIO325 Introduction to Paleontology, among others. Estimated enrollment in these courses is a total of 720 students in the 2021-22 academic year. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Tilo Roy and Dr. Karen Koy in the department of Biology. The evaluation of the effectiveness of the teaching strategies and methodologies will be assessed by the following: 1) The administration of surveys which evaluate student perceptions of content knowledge and skills in the targeted area, and the usefulness and effectiveness of the teaching strategies and specimens used in these courses; 2) Collection of relevant demographic data, specifically including year in school, number of prior biology classes taken, experiences in independent research, and experiences reading primary literature and presenting data; 3) Surveys and pre- and post-test data. Student information will be tied to surveys and data in order to link their pre- and post-test results, after which everything will be anonymized. Information and data will otherwise be compiled and reported as aggregate class data. All information regarding the identity of individual students and student grade-related information will be kept confidential. Records of student grades as well as graded quizzes and exams will be treated as with any student grade-related material and will be kept locked in the instructors' offices.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThis study does not pose any risk to students other than the minimal risk.
SUBJECT SELECTIONStudents enrolled in natural science courses including BIO 105, BIO 101, and BIO 325 and ESC111 each semester will be involved (approximately 720 students in the 2021-22 academic year).
CONFIDENTIALITYStudent grades and identifying information will be kept confidential as with any grade related information. Completed student surveys, pre- and post-tests, quizzes, and exams will be kept locked in the instructors' offices. Any published data resulting from this study will be reported as aggregated class statistics. Any written student comments will be anonymized.
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