A Novel Approach to Inquiry-Based Learning Models in the Sciences: Utilization of Case Presentations and Patient Encounter Workshops in High School Life Science Classrooms

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2004-07-01

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Whitaker, Lekeisha R.

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A Novel Approach to Inquiry-Based Learning Models in the Sciences: Utilization of Case Presentations and Patient Encounter Workshops in High School Life Science Classrooms. Lekeisha R. Whitaker. Abstract. A novel approach to inquiry-based learning models is needed in a curriculum that reflects changing demographics, societal demands, and diverse cultural background. The proposed module which is designed to teach the urinary system to Fort Worth Independent District high school biology students as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guide, represents application of this novel tool in the classroom. It is designed to be implemented in inquiry-based learning classrooms that function to encourage the natural process of inquiry throughout grade levels. The proposed module takes advantage of media resources, introductory case reports, and patient encounter workshops that outline diet, disease, and health disparities as a way to capture student interest in content relevant material, engage students in the daily lessons, and invoke long-term retention of basic life science concepts. Through future research and testing of module design and effectiveness in the classroom, the proposed approach to inquiry-based learning may serve to optimize student understanding of fundamental science concepts and diet and disease as it relates to normal body function, with implications that may affect change in lifestyle. Furthermore, the proposed learning module, if effective, may also serve as a template to be used to teach other life science subjects.

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Biology, Education, Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration, Life Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Other Education, Science and Mathematics Education, Secondary Education and Teaching, Social and Behavioral Sciences, novel approach, case presentations, inquiry-based learning, curriculum, Inquiry-based learning models, science, high schools, life science, classrooms, demographics, societal demands, cultural backgrounds, Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth Independent School District, biology, standardized testing, TEKS, learning module, template

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