Promoting interactive learning: A classroom exercise to explore foraging strategies

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Beaumont, Ellen S., Rowe, Graham and Mikhaylov, Natalie S. 2012. Promoting interactive learning: A classroom exercise to explore foraging strategies. Bioscience Education. https://doi.org/10.11120/beej.2012.19000008
AuthorsBeaumont, Ellen S., Rowe, Graham and Mikhaylov, Natalie S.
Abstract

We describe a classroom exercise to allow students to explore foraging strategies in higher vertebrates. The exercise includes an initial interactive session in which students act as predators and are guided through foraging simulations, and a subsequent student-led session where classmates are employed as experimental subjects. Students rated the exercise, which utilises only cheap and widely available resources, significantly more highly than another more traditional module element in terms of development of both biological understanding and transferable skills for the workplace. As current trends are towards making tertiary level bioscience teaching more challenging and engaging, our experiences with this exercise support its introduction on a larger scale to undergraduate biology and ecology curricula.

We describe a classroom exercise to allow students to explore foraging strategies in higher vertebrates. The exercise includes an initial interactive session in which students act as predators and are guided through foraging simulations, and a subsequent student-led session where classmates are employed as experimental subjects. Students rated the
exercise, which utilises only cheap and widely available resources, significantly more highly than another more traditional module element in terms of development of both biological understanding and transferable skills for the workplace. As current trends are towards making tertiary level bioscience teaching more challenging and engaging, our experiences with this exercise support its introduction on a larger scale to undergraduate biology and
ecology curricula.

KeywordsCooperative learning; Classroom activity; Enquiry-based learning
Year2012
JournalBioscience Education
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1479-7860
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.11120/beej.2012.19000008
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621071
hdl:10545/621071
Publication datesDec 2012
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Universidad Especialidades Espiritu Santo
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