Community college science majors were assigned a team-based research project in a course sequence of General Biology I and II and were followed over a two-semester sequence during three academic years. The project was intended to introduce key General Education principles such as global citizenship, scientific reasoning, communication skills, information literacy, and stewardship. Conducted in partnership with library faculty, the assignment used course-integrated workshops and one-on-one reference instruction to help students produce research papers, learn the mechanics of online library research, and practice public speaking. Assignments were designed to emphasize and refine skills such as information literacy, critical thinking, and writing, while supplementing course content with current global events. Pre- and post-surveys were conducted to analyze assimilation of skills during General Biology I and mastering of those skills the following semester.
Enhancing Research Skills and Information Literacy in Community College Science Students
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Flor Henderson, Nelson Nunez-Rodriguez, William Casari; Enhancing Research Skills and Information Literacy in Community College Science Students. The American Biology Teacher 1 May 2011; 73 (5): 270–275. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.5.5
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