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Teaching Emerging Diseases: A Strategy for Succeeding with Nonmajors

    Author: MARION FIELD FASS1,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
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    • *Phone: (608) 363-2784. Fax: (608) 363-2052. E-mail: fassm@beloit.edu.
    • Copyright © 2000, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2000 vol. 1 no. 1 20-25. doi:10.1128/154288100X14285805520001
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    Abstract:

    A nonmajors course on emerging diseases served to introduce students to basic concepts in microbiology and to improve scientific literacy. The course used a range of learner-centered approaches to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. Evaluations demonstrated both student satisfaction and an increased understanding of important issues in microbiology.

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Abstract:

A nonmajors course on emerging diseases served to introduce students to basic concepts in microbiology and to improve scientific literacy. The course used a range of learner-centered approaches to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. Evaluations demonstrated both student satisfaction and an increased understanding of important issues in microbiology.

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