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Monday, March 1 • 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Talk Session 1: Skill-building outside of lecture: Giving students opportunities to practice graphing

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Over the past few years, there has been an overwhelming interest in exposing students to data and graphing. Our work adds to this body of literature because we provide a set of tested homework assessments for gradually implementing these skills in a large introductory biology lecture course, without sacrificing time away from content. The aim of this research is to understand how repeated exposure to data and practice with graphing affects student quantitative literacy and perception of graphing over the course of the semester. In our talk we will elaborate on creation and implementation of these graphical skill building exercises. Using freely available HHMI BioInteractive modules we adapted four modules to include a portion on biology content knowledge and graphing and piloted them in an introductory lecture course in Fall 2019 as homework assignments. Preliminary findings reveal significant (p<.05) student improvement over the semester in the categories of writing a research question, hypothesis, making an appropriate graph, providing appropriate reasoning for graph choice, and in providing the take-home message. End-of-the-semester student reflections were positive, and, overall, students felt the assignments improved their overall graphing abilities. This work has implications for instructors teaching high school biology or introductory biology. A future area of research will focus on giving students opportunities to create informative graphs using graphing software.


Aakanksha Angra

Academic Professional-Curriculum &amp; Assessment, Georgia State University

Monday March 1, 2021 12:15pm - 12:30pm CST