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Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities

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  • Source:
    Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v10 n1 Article 8 May 2019. 25 pp.
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Type:
    Journal Articles; Reports - Research
  • Additional Information
    • Author(s):
    • Availability:
      Full Text from ERIC Available online: https://eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=EJ1218777
      University of Western Ontario and Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Mills Memorial Library Room 504, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6, Canada. Tel: 905-525-9140; e-mail: info@cjsotl-rcacea.ca; Web site: http://www.cjsotl-rcacea.ca/
    • Peer Reviewed:
      Y
    • ISSN:
      1918-2902
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      Educational techniques that improve student engagement have repeatedly been shown to improve performance at the class level at many institutions and in multiple disciplines. However, knowledge of engagement in individual activities in large first-year classes, where there may be several subpopulations of students in different programs reflecting varied interests, is limited. In this study, we examined two large, lecture-based, introductory first-year biology classes to determine whether there were any relationships between specific learning activities and student engagement and performance, both at the class level and as broken down by program of study. Surveys were used to quantify the level of student engagement through four activities: (a) student response systems (clickers), (b) in-class discussions and activities, (c) lab and seminar activities, and (d) interdisciplinary learning. Engagement scores were then compared to students' final grades. Students in all majors who reported higher levels of participation in most activities studied also reported feeling more engaged overall and achieved higher grades than their less-engaged peers; however, students in non-biology majors demonstrated notably weaker relationships between their engagement and performance in biology courses, where such relationships existed at all. In this paper, we discuss the learning activities which are associated with the greatest performance increases in both biology and non-biology majors and suggest how these results may be used to inform instructional techniques to benefit all students, regardless of major, in future course offerings.
    • Abstract:
      As Provided
    • Number of References:
      -1
    • Physical Description:
      25
    • Education Level:
      Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
    • Journal Code:
      JAN2020
    • Publication Date:
      2019
    • Accession Number:
      EJ1218777
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HYMERS, D.; NEWTON, G. Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, [s. l.], v. 10, n. 1, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 11 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hymers D, Newton G. Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 2019;10(1). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428. Accessed July 11, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Hymers D, Newton G. Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 2019;10(1). Accessed July 11, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Hymers, D., & Newton, G. (2019). Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(1).
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hymers, Devin, and Genevieve Newton. 2019. “Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities.” Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 10 (1). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Hymers, D. and Newton, G. (2019) ‘Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities’, Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(1). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 11 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hymers, D & Newton, G 2019, ‘Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities’, Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol. 10, no. 1, viewed 11 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Hymers, Devin, and Genevieve Newton. “Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities.” Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol. 10, no. 1, May 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hymers, Devin, and Genevieve Newton. “Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities.” Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 10, no. 1 (May 1, 2019). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hymers D, Newton G. Investigating Student Engagement in First-Year Biology Education: A Comparison of Major and Non-Major Perception of Engagement across Different Active Learning Activities. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning [Internet]. 2019 May 1 [cited 2020 Jul 11];10(1). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1218777&custid=s8280428