Economic Botany Section
Simpson, Nicholas B. , MacFadden, Brittani .
Using Fungi to Teach Core Science within the Liberal Studies Model.
Under the liberal studies model of education, students are often only exposed to a single science class throughout their curricula. Students enrolled in these science classes are from broad academic backgrounds, and are often disinterested in science. The Fungi are an immensely diverse group of organisms that can be easily related to both the natural and cultural history of humans. Using rationale based on Fungiís influence on topics ranging from Western philosophy to religion to the modern legal system, we are able to demonstrate an overall increase in knowledge gained of scientific literacy and process for students enrolled. Additionally, we are able to show a significant increase in student interest in science and understanding of the role science plays in modern society. Lastly, students performed inexpensive experiments with Fungi emphasizing environmental sustainability, an example of which will be presented.
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1 - Marist College, Department of Biology, 3399 North Road, Donnelly Hall, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for BSA Sections
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM