BeeSpace Integrating the Curriculum by Connecting Learning and by juanagui


									BeeSpace: Integrating the
Curriculum by Connecting
    Learning and Life

             Chip Bruce
   Library and Information Science, UIUC

                  with thanks to
        Susan Fahrbach
      Biology, Wake Forest University

            Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Situation in Science Education

   Science today: colony collapse, global warming, biodiversity,
    medicine, space, computers/networks
   Science education: pipeline, citizens, education in general,
    political leaders
   BeeSpace opportunity: multidisiplinary, accessible,
    meaningful questions
   Puzzle: complex ideas and tools, under development,
    diverse constituencies
   A project of same scale as BeeSpace itself

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Integrative Learning

   "connecting skills and knowledge from multiple sources and
    experiences; applying skills and practices in various settings;
    utilizing diverse and even contradictory points of view; and,
    understanding issues and positions contextually." –Huber,
    Hutchings, & Gale, Integrative Learning for Liberal Education (2005)
   Fostering students‟ abilities to integrate learning–across courses,
    over time, and between campus and community life–is one of
    the most important goals and challenges of higher education. –
    Carnegie Foundation
   No "gap in kind (as distinct from degree) between the child's
    experience and the various forms of subject-matter." –Dewey,
    The Child and Curriculum (1902)

                          Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Stratified earths?

Experience has its geographical aspect, its artistic and its
literary, its scientific and its historical sides. All studies arise
from aspects of the one earth and the one life lived upon it.
We do not have a series of stratified earths, one of which is
mathematical, another physical, another historical, and so on.
… All studies grow out of relations in the one great common
world. When the child lives in varied but concrete and active
relationship to this common world, his/her studies are
naturally unified. … Relate the school to life, and all studies
are of necessity correlated. –John Dewey, The School and Society
                        Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Four specific developments (1902)

   expansion of transportation and the circulation of ideas so
    that it is no longer physically possible for one nationality,
    race, class, or sect to be kept apart from others, impervious
    to their wishes and beliefs
   relaxation of the bonds of social discipline and control
   intellectual life, facts, and knowledge more connected with
    daily occupations and ordinary surroundings
   prolongation of continuous instruction

                        Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
School as Social Center

             Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
   Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee, as the model organism, with its
    recently sequenced genome
   Microarray experiments generating a database of gene expressions for social
   BeeSpace Concept Navigator enables users to navigate a uniform space of diverse
    databases and literature sources for hypothesis development and testing; uses
    statistical literature analyses to discover functional relationships between
    genes and behavior
   An international community of laboratories studying honey bees and related
   $5 million grant from NSF‟s Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research
    program, 2004-2009

                             Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Unpacking the Puzzle

             Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
            Third Annual BeeSpace Workshop, May 21-22, 2007
Education Resources
   Bee Biology
     Booklet by high school biology teacher (D. Stone)

     Video of talk by G. Robinson, with question set
     Video footage of bee behaviors

   Bee Research
     Video tour of Bee Lab

     Links to Honey Bee Genome materials
   BeeSpace Research (molecular basis of social behaviors)
     Video: caring for the BeeSpace bees (K. Pruiett)

     „Anatomy of a BeeSpace Experiment‟ (D. Stone)

     Videos: researchers at work (M. Sarma, A. Boardmann, S. Liang, R. Velarde)

   Bees In the Classroom
     „Bioinformatics for Beginners‟ freshman seminar (S. Fahrbach)
     Middle school visits with bee researchers (G. Robinson, N. Ismail)
     Video: teacher education activities with bees (S. Fahrbach)

   Software Support
     Training for researchers using BeeSpace software – in-house, lab visits, online help

                                Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
„Bioinformatics for Beginners‟ @WFU
   First-year seminar taught by S. Fahrbach in Fall 2006
   Classes 1x/wk. for 150 minutes
       Students introduced to bioinformatics via “nature vs. nurture” issue and
        BeeSpace Navigator
       Students build skills and display mastery by developing new BeeSpace
        educational materials for younger students
   Special features
       Session with science librarian to create online resource page
       Field trip to research apiary
       Videoconference with Bruce Schatz
       Access to online BeeSpace educational resources
       Use of NCBI tools and resources
       Presentation of final projects to BeeSpace PI‟s via teleconference

                              Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
    B4B@WFU Student Projects

   Projects were required to conform to the North
    Carolina Standard Course of Study.
   Projects required a “deliverable” for use in the
    classroom and an accompanying teacher‟s manual.
   Materials are ready for use Summer 2007, and will
    be broadly accessible via the BeeSpace website.
   Students created: a board game (BeeLand), a
    Jeopardy game, a web site, several PowerPoint
    presentations, and rules for a game to be played

                           Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Successes/Challenges of B4B@WFU
   Introduced to bioinformatics concepts, challenges of effective search,
    modern formulations of nature/nurture in human behavior
   Embraced learning-by-teaching, worked effectively in groups to
    complete projects
   Interacted directly with researchers
   Proved resistant to idea of gene x environment interactions
   Sometimes distracted by minor technical glitches (delays getting
    BLAST results, printer failures, videoconferencing problems)
   Busy student schedules and low proportion of intended science majors
    precluded student transition to active participation in outreach

                          Computational Biology Workshop, July 24,, 2007
Next Steps

   Additional education resources coming to project website
   Summer workshop for grade 8-9 students; Colony Collapse
    Disorder; activities involving bee biology, insect pollination
    of plants, and computer search and retrieval of biological
    information; learners reviewed the learning activities for
    incorporation into next year‟s sessions
   Assessing outcomes and challenges of connecting middle
    school-age through undergraduate learners with leading-
    edge research
   First-year seminar at Wake Forest to be offered in Fall 2007
    and Fall 2008; BeeSpace volunteers are needed for
    videoconferences in Fall 2007

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   Literature summarized for students => Literature analyzed
    and explored by students
   Laboratory work described to students => Laboratory work
    done by students
   Curriculum development for students => curriculum
    development by students
   Educational research on students => educational research by

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   One cannot understand the history of education in the
    United States during the twentieth century unless one
    realizes that Edward L. Thorndike won and John Dewey
    lost. –Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
   To put the distinction sharply, Thorndike saw humans in
    the image of the machine; Dewey saw them in the image of
    life. –Richard Gibboney

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