USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Small Group Problem-Based Learning Exercises to Advance Students' Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning Skills

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Aaron Beedle

Critical thinking is a key component of scientific reasoning and student success in upper level science courses. However, helping students to develop such skills is a challenge. To address this need, a series of problem-based learning (PBL) sessions were designed for a 3000-level Physiology course. While individual exercises are based in physiological content, common critical thinking learning objectives are integrated, including: 1) consideration of information sources/bias; 2) evaluation and application of data; and 3) hypothesis, experimental design, and data extrapolation. The small group PBL exercises are designed to facilitate peer teaching/learning. The presentation will introduce a design for PBL team exercises, provide examples of specific sessions with student responses and assessment measures, and demonstrate a team exercise with the audience (no scientific knowledge required). Adaptation of this critical thinking exercise format to various disciplines will be discussed.


Aaron Beedle

University of Georgia

Wednesday April 8, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room VW

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