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Coliforms Everywhere! Using Microbiology to Teach the Scientific Method

    Authors: Cindy R. Cisar1,*, John S. de Banzie1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Natural Sciences, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK 74464
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    • Published 20 December 2010
    • Supplemental material available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Natural Sciences, Northeastern State University, 600 N Grand Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464. Phone: (918) 444-3841. Fax: (918) 458-9693. E-mail: cisar@nsuok.edu.
    • Copyright © 2010 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2010 vol. 11 no. 2 158-159. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v11i2.163
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    Abstract:

    The scientific method is a fundamental concept in science. In this exercise the scientific method is taught as a hands-on investigative laboratory experience. Students generate a hypothesis concerning the environmental distribution of coliforms, design and execute an experimental test of that hypothesis, and analyze the resulting data. The exercise is safe and straightforward. It is appropriate for use in undergraduate laboratory courses for science majors and secondary school students and undergraduate non-majors with the appropriate mathematical backgrounds. Students learn both the process by which science progresses, as well as more advanced concepts in microbiology and statistics.

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Abstract:

The scientific method is a fundamental concept in science. In this exercise the scientific method is taught as a hands-on investigative laboratory experience. Students generate a hypothesis concerning the environmental distribution of coliforms, design and execute an experimental test of that hypothesis, and analyze the resulting data. The exercise is safe and straightforward. It is appropriate for use in undergraduate laboratory courses for science majors and secondary school students and undergraduate non-majors with the appropriate mathematical backgrounds. Students learn both the process by which science progresses, as well as more advanced concepts in microbiology and statistics.

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