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Active Learning for Basic Metabolic Pathways

    Authors: Sonja B. Yung1, Todd P. Primm1,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • Supplemental materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University, 1900 Avenue I, LDB 127, Huntsville, TX 77341. Phone: 936-294-1546. Fax: 936-294-3940. E-mail: tprimm@shsu.edu.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 319-320. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.752
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    Abstract:

    Understanding the basic cellular function of metabolic pathways and how those pathways interact in cellular metabolism is a foundational concept in microbiology and general biology. A cooperative learning activity has been designed where students first generate cards to represent basic facts about each pathway, and then they connect these pathways given certain specific environmental scenarios. This should enhance their working knowledge of how pathways allow cells to adapt to the environment.

Key Concept Ranking

Anaerobic Respiration
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Fermentation
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Pyruvate Dehydrogenase
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Fermentation
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Tricarboxylic Acids
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References & Citations

1. Merkel S, Reynolds J, Hung K, Siegesmund A, Smith A, Smith H 2012 ASM curriculum guidelines for undergraduate microbiology education [Online.] http://www.asm.org/index.php/guidelines/curriculum-guidelines
2. Ooi BG, Sanger MJ 2009 “Which pathways am I?” Using a game approach to teach students about biochemical pathways J. Chem. Educ. 86 4 454 455 10.1021/ed086p454 http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed086p454
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Abstract:

Understanding the basic cellular function of metabolic pathways and how those pathways interact in cellular metabolism is a foundational concept in microbiology and general biology. A cooperative learning activity has been designed where students first generate cards to represent basic facts about each pathway, and then they connect these pathways given certain specific environmental scenarios. This should enhance their working knowledge of how pathways allow cells to adapt to the environment.

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FIGURE 1.

Guidance card for students and one example of a completed pathway card.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 319-320. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.752
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Example of an assembly of pathways, for aerobic respiration of glucose.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 319-320. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.752
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