Student Symposia on Primary Research Articlesby: Ann Houde

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This article describes how conducting in-class symposia in which students present primary research articles can provide a window into the process of scientific research and communication, broaden students’ exposure to research, and improve their reading, writing, and oral presentation skills. The key to the success of this symposium format is allowing students time to prepare in groups for the presentation.

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  • on Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:49 PM

The author describes a lesson format in which students are responsible for reading and presenting information to their classmates on assigned primary literature articles. The author provides detail on how to successfully implement this lesson strategy and on her evaluation results, but more details of the rubrics used for the presenters and non-presenters would have been more helpful. I would add to her suggestions to group students who have read the article in the pre-symposium groups to provide feedback. In similar activities in my classes, students who presented developed short quizzes over the material for assessment use. This would work in either a college or an upper level high school science course.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

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