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Learning through Teaching: A Microbiology Service-Learning Experience

    Author: Ginny Webb1
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    Affiliations: 1: Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC 29303
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    • Published 01 March 2016
    • ©2016 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
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    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: University of South Carolina Upstate, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303. Phone: 864-503-5976. E-mail: [email protected].
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2016 vol. 17 no. 1 86-89. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.997
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    Abstract:

    Service learning is defined as a strategy in which students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a community service project. Many educators would agree that students often learn best through teaching others. This premise was the motivation for a new service-learning project in which undergraduate microbiology students developed and taught hands-on microbiology lessons to local elementary school children. The lessons included teaching basic information about microbes, disease transmission, antibiotics, vaccines, and methods of disease prevention. This service-learning project benefitted the college students by enforcing their knowledge of microbiology and provided them an opportunity to reach out to children within their community. This project also benefitted the local schools by teaching the younger students about microbes, infections, and handwashing. In this paper, I discuss the development and implementation of this new microbiology service-learning project, as well as the observed impact it had on everyone involved.

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Abstract:

Service learning is defined as a strategy in which students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a community service project. Many educators would agree that students often learn best through teaching others. This premise was the motivation for a new service-learning project in which undergraduate microbiology students developed and taught hands-on microbiology lessons to local elementary school children. The lessons included teaching basic information about microbes, disease transmission, antibiotics, vaccines, and methods of disease prevention. This service-learning project benefitted the college students by enforcing their knowledge of microbiology and provided them an opportunity to reach out to children within their community. This project also benefitted the local schools by teaching the younger students about microbes, infections, and handwashing. In this paper, I discuss the development and implementation of this new microbiology service-learning project, as well as the observed impact it had on everyone involved.

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Results of survey given to elementary teachers after microbiology lessons were presented to their class (=13).

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2016 vol. 17 no. 1 86-89. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.997
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Results of survey given to college students after participation in elementary school lessons (=6).

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2016 vol. 17 no. 1 86-89. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.997
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