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Making the Most of General Education Courses

Making the Most of General Education Courses

Peggy Brickman

Biological Sciences, University of Georgia

Date: November 7, 2013


Peggy Brickman, a 2013 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been recognized for teaching excellence multiple times due to her pedagogical success in teaching introductory biology to non-science majors. In this session, she will share insights into her pedagogical approaches. Here is what she says participants can expect from her talk: “Individuals use scientific information in many real world situations beyond the classroom, ranging from evaluating sources of evidence used in media reports about science to recognizing the role and value of science in society. Consequently, achieving scientific literacy for all is a core rationale for science coursework as part of general education (Gen Ed) requirements for undergraduates. But, how do we go about helping students develop those skills? Are courses chock full of content a mile wide and an inch deep helping to produce student with these real life skills? Or to they produce students with a false view of science as a grab bag of facts to be memorized and experiments that reconfirm existing ideas? I’m interested in teaching students to use biology in their own live, and for the rest of their lives. I’m also interested in finding ways to measure students’ scientific literacy so I can demonstrate the value added to spending a semester in a Core General Education Science Course.”