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[Plant-education] Inquiry-based labs for Plant Biology course

Michael ODonnell michael.odonnell at trincoll.edu
Mon Dec 5 11:05:29 EST 2005

On Dec 2, 2005, at 5:55 PM, Porter-Utley, Kristen wrote:

> I am a new assistant professor at a small liberal arts college in New 
> Hampshire.  I am teaching an upper-level (3xx) Plant Biology course in 
> the spring; I will use the Raven et al. text.  I am interested in 
> designing an inquiry-based laboratory course.  That being said, I have 
> little experience with this type of instruction.  Why not dive in head 
> first?  I would be eternally grateful for your suggestions/comments.  
> There will be a total of 14, 1 hour and 50 minute labs – though our 
> students understand that they are expected to spend time working in 
> the lab outside of the regularly weekly meeting.  Thank you for your 
> help.

Hi Kristen,

Let me suggest you look through the conference proceedings of the 
Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE).  The web site is 
<www.ableweb.org> (this should direct you to 
www.zoo.toronto.edu/able/).  Once there, go to the Proceedings pages 
via "subject index" or "contents."  You'll see 26 years of proceedings, 
full of tested lab materials on all subjects at all levels.  While I'm 
at it, let me add a shameless plug for ABLE by saying I hope you (and 
others) would consider membership in ABLE, attending and presenting at 
conferences, and joining in the camaraderie of people interested in 
biology laboratory teaching and curriculum development.  Good luck with 
your labs!



Michael A. O'Donnell			michael.odonnell at trincoll.edu
Dept. of Biology				ph: (860)297-2228
Trinity College					fax: (860)297-2538
300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
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