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Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning

Hemingway, Claire [1], Sundberg, Marshall D [2], McLean, Valdine [3], Singer, Susan R. [4], Martine, Christopher [5], Spooner, D.M. [6], Brown, Beverly J. [7], Koptur, Suzanne [8].

Scientific Inquiry through Plants: Developing New Inquiry Units.

THE Scientific Inquiry through Plants project, led by the Botanical Society of America, is in its second year of connecting teachers, students, and plant science mentors. Students participating thus far have strengthened their inquiry skills primarily in investigations of seed germination. A new photosynthesis unit is in field testing. This half-day workshop provides an opportunity for K-16 educators to collaborate on new inquiry activities. Following a brief introduction on content criteria (activities will be inquiry based, allow for open-ended questioning by students middle school through college, and involve low-cost materials), the workshop will break into small thematic groups. Marsh Sundberg and Valdine McLean will lead a photosynthesis focus group. Susan Singer and Carla Streng will lead a genetics focus group. Chris Martine and David Spooner will lead an Economic Botany Section focus group. Beverly Brown and Suzanne Koptur will lead a pollination and biodiversity focus group. If you have an idea for a new inquiry activity, or an extension to an existing activity, join us to create exciting new ways for students to experience the adventure of doing real plant science.

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1 - Botanical Society of America, 4475 Castleman Ave., P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166-0299, USA
2 - Emporia State University, Biological Sciences, Box 4050, 1200 Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas, 66801, USA
3 - Pershing County High School, 1215 Franklin Ave., P.O. Box 990, Lovelock, Nevada, 89419
4 - Carleton College, Biology, Onc College St., Northfield, Minnesota, 55057, USA
5 - University of Connecticut, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 75 North Eagleville Road, U-3043, Storrs, Connecticut, 062693043, USA
6 - University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Botany, Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53706-1381, USA
7 - Nazareth College of Rochester, Biology Department, 4245 east Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618, USA
8 - Florida International University, Deparment of Biological Sciences, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, Florida, 33199, USA

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: W-10-1
Location: 107/CE
Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2006
Time: 1:00 PM
Abstract ID:1064

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