There are benefits to both laboratory exercises and scientific modeling, and connecting the two may allow for deeper understanding and interest. Laboratory exercises provide students with opportunities to experience phenomena, but without scientific modeling, students may still lack understanding of the mechanisms at play. This article describes an example of how a traditional laboratory exercise on planarian regeneration is enhanced with a modeling activity on cell signaling.
Planarian Regeneration: Connecting Lab Exercises & Scientific Modeling
ANDREA M.-K. BIEREMA is an Academic Specialist in the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science and the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andrea M.-K. Bierema; Planarian Regeneration: Connecting Lab Exercises & Scientific Modeling. The American Biology Teacher 2 December 2020; 82 (9): 628–632. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.9.628
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