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Gnagy, Susanne [1].

Lights, Camera, Acting Transport! Participation in Activity Improves Student Understanding and Retention of the Key Concepts of Membrane Transport.

Introductory biology students at California State University, Sacramento participate in weekly activity sessions designed to supplement and reinforce concepts covered in lecture through active learning exercises. "Lights, Camera, Acting Transport!" is a dynamic, kinesthetic learning activity that teaches students the basic principles of active and passive membrane transport in cells. This study used a pre-test/post-test instrument to assess student understanding of key concepts and student attitudes, both before and after participation in this activity; a second post-test was administered ten weeks later to assess long-term student retention of key concepts. Student understanding of key concepts, as tested immediately following the activity, improved significantly, and the overall student response to the activity was positive. Moreover, student scores on the second post-test were still significantly higher than on the pre-test, demonstrating student retention of the key concepts learned in this activity.

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1 - California State University, Sacramento, Department of Biological Sciences, Sequoia 202, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95819-6077, United States

active learning

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 27
Location: Delaware A/Hyatt
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Time: 9:45 AM
Number: 27005
Abstract ID:324

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