Project 1: Current Issues in Biology
In an effort to apply biological concepts learned in the classroom to real-life situations, students will research current biology topics using the Internet and write a research paper based on their findings. These papers will then be published on-line under Glovertown Regional Highs WEB page.
In preparation for the writing of their paper, students will choose a topic from a prepared list, or an original topic, and search the Internet for appropriate information. Students will be required to contact a professional organization to request information through e-mail and retrieve at least three journal articles on their topic.
The first project encompasses the curriculum objectives for Biology 3201 and Language 2101. The second project encompasses the curriculum objectives for Biology 2201 and Language 1101.
Intended Learning Outcomes for Biology 3201
Intended Learning Outcomes for Language 1101
Intended Learning Outcomes for Language 2101
Intended Learning Outcomes for Current Issues in Biology
Due to the current nature of the topics being explored, limited access to recent material makes completing some of our course objectives difficult. With the availability of innumerable up-to-date resources on the Internet, completing the course objectives that require students to be informed about recent topics in biology makes achieving the objective much more attainable. Being exposed to a vast wealth of information also helps students hone their research skills by summarizing articles, creating the most effective searches, and linking ideas from various sources.
In addition, by using e-mail to request information from a professional group, chatting with a scientist or a doctor develops within students a sense of reality about their research topic. It no longer becomes just an idea in a textbook.
Students also have access to a number of print resources (i.e. Journals, encyclopedias), and software resources (i.e. Encarta).
Through research on the Internet, we hope that students will become excited about learning through a different medium and learning about very current information in the area that is being studied. After having worked extensively with this research tool, more students may want to use this service for other subjects and to explore personal areas of interest.