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Pages: 6919-6925
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain

ORCHID DNA-BARCODING: A METHOD TO TEACH AN INQUIRY-BASED, UNDERGRADUATE GENETICS LABORATORY

A. Ribes-Zamora, E.J. Baenziger, K.B. Foss, A.D. Simmons

University of St Thomas, Houston (UNITED STATES)
Recent studies have found that undergraduate STEM courses in which students are taught using inquiry-based approaches exhibit greater learning gains than do students in traditional courses and that undergraduate education can be enhanced significantly when students are involved in authentic research. However, implementing unique scientific inquiry experiences can be difficult, and while there are many examples of its benefits in the literature, there are much fewer examples that guide the set up and structure of such a project. Here we offer a practical, highly flexible, and cost-effective method to teach a genetics laboratory. Starting in Fall 2013, our genetics laboratory course was modified so that students were taught lab skills in the context of conducting a research project. We used the DNA barcoding technique on orchids to generate novel molecular data that students then analyzed to produce phylogenetic trees. In order to judge the effect of this modified laboratory, an anonymous post-lab survey was given to investigate student’s perception regarding the impact of conducting an embedded research project within a course.. The survey asked questions about the student’s confidence in applying various aspects of the scientific method and their likelihood to pursue future scientific endeavors after taking the lab. Overall, our data indicated that students improved their understanding of the scientific method, the process of conducting research, and exhibited an overall positive impression of the experience.
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author = {Ribes-Zamora, A. and Baenziger, E.J. and Foss, K.B. and Simmons, A.D.},
title = {ORCHID DNA-BARCODING: A METHOD TO TEACH AN INQUIRY-BASED, UNDERGRADUATE GENETICS LABORATORY},
series = {8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-2657-6},
issn = {2340-1095},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {18-20 November, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {6919-6925}}
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TI - ORCHID DNA-BARCODING: A METHOD TO TEACH AN INQUIRY-BASED, UNDERGRADUATE GENETICS LABORATORY
SN - 978-84-608-2657-6/2340-1095
PY - 2015
Y1 - 18-20 November, 2015
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2015 Proceedings
SP - 6919
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A. Ribes-Zamora, E.J. Baenziger, K.B. Foss, A.D. Simmons (2015) ORCHID DNA-BARCODING: A METHOD TO TEACH AN INQUIRY-BASED, UNDERGRADUATE GENETICS LABORATORY, ICERI2015 Proceedings, pp. 6919-6925.
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