ERIC Number: EJ1211477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Engagement in Direct Instruction, Undergraduate Microbiology Laboratories
Nyutu, Eva N.; Cobern, William W.; Pleasants, Brandy A. S.
Journal of Biological Education, v53 n3 p250-264 2019
Introductory laboratory courses are a standard component of undergraduate science programmes and historically taught using direct instruction/confirmatory lab models. Previous studies have shown that inquiry-based labs enhance student engagement in science courses. However, research on how direct instruction introductory lab courses effectively engage undergraduate students is lacking. This study, therefore, using a mixed model design, examined student engagement in an introductory direct instruction microbiology lab. Data was collected through self-report surveys, classroom observations, and interviews at a Midwestern, post-secondary institution in the USA. The findings suggest that students found the lab activities engaging. This study provides baseline data which describes student engagement and student perspectives in a direct instruction undergraduate microbiology lab course. This baseline data can be used in further research against which comparisons can be made when studying other types of lab teaching interventions.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Direct Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Microbiology, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Science Activities, Models, Laboratory Experiments, College Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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