Cameras, competition and creativity: assessing 1st year ecology in the field

Kuchel, Louise, Wilson, Robbie S. and Ellis, William H. (2015) Cameras, competition and creativity: assessing 1st year ecology in the field. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23 2: 34-45.

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Author Kuchel, Louise
Wilson, Robbie S.
Ellis, William H.
Title Cameras, competition and creativity: assessing 1st year ecology in the field
Journal name International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
ISSN 2200-4270
1836-0858
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 34
End page 45
Total pages 12
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Language eng
Abstract The great outdoors is the laboratory for most studies in ecology. This article reports on the use of cameras, competition and creativity as novel ways to assess learning during a one-day field trip for a large (~600 students) introductory biology/ecology course. Among the assessment activities, students find and photograph examples of various types of ecological interactions, create a dichotomous plant key in the lab and apply it in the field, and evaluate the potential impact of various environmental change scenarios on ecosystems. The activities and accompanying assessment foster higher order thinking (such as application, evaluation and synthesis) and better retention of knowledge because students create their own context for concepts and content, which have traditionally been learned by rote approaches. This article provides practical advice on how to implement this type of assessment.
Keyword Biology
Experiential learning
Fieldwork
Field teaching
Large classes
Assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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