Document Type

Article

Version Deposited

Published Version

Publication Date

4-2020

Publication Title

Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education

DOI

10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.1905

Abstract

Exposure to primary literature using CREATE tools has been shown to have a positive impact on students' self-efficacy and beliefs when incorporated into semester-long courses taught by extensively trained faculty. However, it is unknown whether similar benefits can occur with a brief exposure to CREATE in an otherwise traditionally taught course. We hypothesized that students who experienced a short-term CREATE module taught by faculty with minimal training in this pedagogy would make gains in scientific literacy and self-efficacy while also experiencing epistemological maturation. To test this hypothesis, we compared sections of students who experienced the CREATE module with sections of the same course taught without CREATE. Our hypothesis was partially supported by the data in that students in CREATE sections made significant gains in self-efficacy but did not gain transferable data analysis skills. Students in those sections also self-reported significantly enhanced understanding of the research process. Thus, this study suggests that analysis of primary literature using CREATE, even in short modules, can significantly and positively affect students' self-efficacy and their views of science.

Comments

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativeWorks 4.0 International license. Copyright 2020 by the authors.

Publication of this article was supported by the Rowan University Libraries Open Access Fund.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Published Citation

Krufka, A., Kenyon, K., & Hoskins, S. (2020). A Single, Narrowly Focused CREATE Primary Literature Module Evokes Gains in Genetics Students’ Self-Efficacy and Understanding of the Research Process. Journal of Biology and Microbiology Education, April 2020, Vol. 21, Iss.1. DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.1905.

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