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Inquiry-Based Laboratory Activity to Investigate Physical Growth Requirements of Microorganisms

    Authors: Michelle Furlong1,*, Renee McFarlane1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Natural Sciences, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA 30060
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • Supplemental materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Natural Sciences, Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, GA 30260. Phone: 678-466-4778. Fax: 678-466-4797. E-mail: mfurlong@clayton.edu.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 323-324. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.768
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    Abstract:

    Standard "cookbook" laboratory activities that are used to teach students the optimal physical growth conditions of microorganisms should be modified so that they more effectively foster student's higher order cognitive skills and attract student interest. This paper describes a laboratory activity that engages students in an inquiry-based approach to studying the physical growth requirements of microorganisms. In this activity, students design and implement an experiment to obtain pure cultures of specific microorganisms, with distinct growth properties, that are provided to them in a mixed culture.

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1. American Association for the Advancement of Science 2011 Vision and change in undergraduate biology education: a call to action [Online.] http://visionandchange.org/finalreport
2. Emmert EABthe ASM Task Committee on Laboratory Biosafety 2013 Biosafety guidelines for handling microorganisms in the teaching laboratory: development and rationale J Microbiol Biol Educ 14 78 83 10.1128/jmbe.v14i1.531 23858356 3706168 http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v14i1.531
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Abstract:

Standard "cookbook" laboratory activities that are used to teach students the optimal physical growth conditions of microorganisms should be modified so that they more effectively foster student's higher order cognitive skills and attract student interest. This paper describes a laboratory activity that engages students in an inquiry-based approach to studying the physical growth requirements of microorganisms. In this activity, students design and implement an experiment to obtain pure cultures of specific microorganisms, with distinct growth properties, that are provided to them in a mixed culture.

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