Document Type

Conference Paper/Presentation

Publication Date

4-2012

Disciplines

Biology | Curriculum and Instruction | Physiology | Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

Student centered teaching was previously found to enhance student understanding and even improve performance of students in other courses taken in the same semester in high school (6). In an effort to improve student performance in related science classes, the same student centered methods used in my Physiology and Disease (PAD) class were implemented in a Biophysics class this semester. Initial student surveys showed that students felt that integrating physiology concepts into Biophysics helped them understand the material from two very different perspectives, giving them a "more complete picture". Test scores from each of the four units were compared in an effort to correlate this integration to test performance. The preliminary results marginally suggest that integrating student centered physiology learning into Biophysics can extend a positive influence upon test performance.

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Presented at Experimental Biology 2012

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