Harley, Suzanne .
Using Case Studies in an Introductory Plant Form and Function Class.
Case studies provide a way to introduce students to research design and the primary literature. In particular, the interrupted case study method described by Herreid in 2005 (Journal of College Science Teaching 35: 4-5) allows for the stepwise presentation of background information, experimental design, data collection, and data analysis from a published paper. Pausing between each of these elements gives students time to work through the investigation as the authors did. I have incorporated several interrupted case studies into my Plant Form and Function class. This class is the introductory course for Botany majors and minors at Weber State University, an open enrollment, regional comprehensive institution in Ogden, UT. I will present cases that I have developed on mimicry-based defense against herbivory, autumn leaf coloration, and possible adaptations for interactions with birds that are now extinct.
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1 - Weber State University, Botany, 2504 University Circle, Ogden, UT, 84408-2504, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM