The Evolution of Student Engagement: Writing Improves Teaching in Introductory Biology Courses
Kirkwood M. Land: 0000-0001-5951-9630
Journal of College Biology Teaching
In response to calls for pedagogical reforms in undergraduate biology courses to decrease student attrition rates and increase active learning, this article describes one faculty member's conversion from traditional teaching methods to more engaging forms of practice. Partially told as a narrative, this article illustrates a.) the way many faculty initially learn to teach by modeling the pedagogy from their own undergraduate programs; b.) the kind of support biology faculty may need to break out of traditional molds; c.) how writing can promote active learning; and d.) the impact of reformed pedagogy on student levels of engagement. The latter will be demonstrated through assessment results gathered from student surveys, reflective writing, and focus group interview. Ultimately, the study challenges misunderstandings some faculty might have regarding the value of writing in science classes and offers inspiration, urging critical reflection and persistence.
Kogl Camfield, E.,
Land, K. M.
The Evolution of Student Engagement: Writing Improves Teaching in Introductory Biology Courses.
Journal of College Biology Teaching, 43(1), 20–26.