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Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning

Dahl, William [1], Archibald, Jenny K. [2], Brown, Beverly J. [3], Haufler, Christopher H. [4], Hemingway, Claire [1], Honda, Sandra [5], McLean, Valdine [6], Osborn, Jeffrey M. [7], Packard, Carol [8], Schulz, Barbara [9], Singer, Susan R. [10], Skinner, Peggy [9], Sundberg, Marshall D [11], Uno, Gordon [12].

BSA Sci-Pi: 1. Learning from the online Scientific Inquiry through Plants: "The Wonder of Seeds" pilot.

BSA Sci-Pi : "Scientific Inquiry through Plants" continues to evolve into an effective support tool aligned to the BSA's mission as it pertains to education, outreach and public awareness of science. There are three basic concepts behind the project. First is scientific inquiry and the wonders of "doing" real science. Second is peer-to-peer problem solving, and the third is mentorship. In March 2005 the project steering committee met at the BSA offices in St. Louis to design and implement a "proof of concept" pilot. This discussion sets the stage for three related sessions to focus on further developments to the online Scientific Inquiry through Plants "Sci-Pi Project" based on results of the "The Wonder of Seeds" pilot project. The session will begin with a brief overview of the project goals and pilot format. We then present the outcome of participation by approximately 150 students at middle schools, high schools and universities across the US. Pre-pilot surveys provided an indication of students' baseline knowledge and interest in plants. And post-pilot surveys provided and assessment of the impact of their hands-on experiments with plant growth, with input from the scientist mentors, on their knowledge base. Feedback from the project stakeholders' the students, the teachers, and the scientists' will also be presented. We encourage discussion from the broader community on the pilot as a model for bringing inquiry-based plant science into the classroom and linking students with plant scientists. Come and learn how you can become involved. Please note: there will be two supporting workshops on Sunday.

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Scientific Inquiry through Plants

1 - Botanical Society of America, 4475 Castleman Ave., P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166-0299, USA
2 - 520 Mississippi St, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044, USA
3 - Nazareth College of Rochester, Biology Department, 4245 east Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618, USA
4 - University of Kansas, Department Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Haworth Hall, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045-2106, USA
5 - University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Office of Academic Affairs, 701 E. Pratt St., Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202, USA
6 - Pershing County High School, 1215 Franklin Ave., P.O. Box 990, Lovelock, Nevada, 89419
7 - Truman State University, Biology Department, Division Of Science, 100 E Normal Street, Kirksville, Missouri, 63501-4221, USA
8 - Sisters Middle School, PO Box 2099, Sisters, Oregon, 97759, USA
9 - The National Academies, The Teacher Advisory Council, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, USA
10 - Carleton College, Biology, Onc College St., Northfield, Minnesota, 55057, USA
11 - Emporia State University, Biological Sciences, Box 4050, 1200 Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas, 66801, USA
12 - University of Oklahoma, Department of Botany and Microbiology, 770 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, Oklahoma, 73019, USA

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Presentation Type: Education Forum Session:Informational Session
Session: F 3a-1
Location: 408/Hilton
Date: Saturday, August 13th, 2005
Time: 11:00 AM
Abstract ID:493

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