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Ecological Core Concepts -- The science of ecology

Discipline Specific Core Concepts Classifications
History of ecology (3)
Research tools, technology, and innovations (19)
Scientific method and experimental design (31)
Statistical analysis (23)

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View Resource Evaluating the Impact of TIEE Activities on Student Learning: Lessons for the Instructor

The author of this TIEE Research Paper assessed the use of student-active activities to teach students to use the scientific method and improve their understanding of basic ecological concepts. The author used TIEE exercises and student-active methods such as turn-to-your-neighbor and jigsaw activities to engage her students. The study was conducted in a sophomore level ecology course. Although...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Assessing Gains in Undergraduate Students' Abilities to Analyze Graphical Data

The authors of this TIEE Research Paper assessed analytical and graphing abilities in undergraduate students at four colleges and universities. The authors integrated use of graphing and data analysis skills throughout their lecture and lab courses using active-learning exercises that they developed. At the end of the courses, most students (75-90 %) were adept at interpreting simple bar graphs...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Data-rich Case Studies Improve Students' Abilities to Interpret Graphs in a Large Non-majors Course

The authors of this TIEE Research Paper evaluated the use of data-intensive case studies and small group discussion on students' quantitative abilities in a large environmental science lecture course. Students were asked to interpret graphs in pre- and post-course assessments. Most students (>80%) thought they did well on the initial assessment, although faculty evaluators scored about half as...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Semester-long Engagement in Science Inquiry Improves Students' Understanding of Experimental Design

The author of this TIEE Research Paper assessed changes in students' understanding of experimental design during a semester-long, inquiry-based, plant ecology laboratory. Students learned about and designed experiments to address four hypotheses about invasive species. Students were given similar pre- and post- tests in both years. Student knowledge self assessment questions were added in 2005....

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

View Resource Use of an Inquiry-based Approach to Teaching Experimental Design Concepts in a General Ecology Course

The author of this TIEE Research Paper assessed student understanding of experimental design at the beginning and again at the end of a general ecology course in order to understand the impact of guided inquiry activities. Students participated in a series of labs in which they had increasing levels of responsibility for designing experiments or observational studies. Concepts of experimental...

 

Publisher: EcoEd Digital Library

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