Using Cases to Teach Biology
October 18, 2012
1:30-3:30 PM Babcock 119 UW-Madison
Case studies and problem based learning (PBL) are teaching approaches in which students are provided with a narrative to consider. They collaboratively identify what they already know and need to know before they address the issue(s) at hand. In science cases, students also share their scientific reasoning, design and conduct investigations, and report their findings to their peers.
This workshop will start with a case. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions, analyze data, think critically, examine the relationship between evidence and conclusions, construct hypotheses, graph data, interpret results, communicate scientific arguments, and connect the issues and the science with a broader world view.
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Work in small groups to fill in an online form for sharing our responses with the larger group.
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