Its the method that counts

This project brings in an expert on case studies and problem-based learning to disseminate knowledge about improved teaching and learning in elementary, high school, and university science.

Project Category:
Strengthening research brokering work
Topic Area:
Elementary, Post-Secondary, Science Education
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning
Project Lead(s):
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Brief Background:
This project brings in an expert on case studies and problem-based learning to disseminate knowledge about improved teaching and learning in elementary, high school, and university science.
Research Context:
Cases are stories with an educational message that have been used in medical and allied health fields for several decades. A robust interest in case studies (CS) and problem-based learning strategies (PBLs) has resulted in their use across several disciplines (Savery & Dauffy, 1995). In keeping with research findings across literature, Dr. Clyde F. Herreid has found the use of CS and PBLs to be powerful pedagogical techniques for teaching science. Case studies can be used not only to teach concepts and content, but also process skills and critical thinking. Since many of the best cases are based on contemporary and often contentious problems that students encounter in the news, the use of cases in the classroom makes the content relevant to real life.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This project mobilizes knowledge by bringing an expert to disseminate knowledge. During his visit, Dr. Herreid will facilitate several one-day workshops and one additional roundtable discussion with faculty members at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. The workshops will focus on aspects of science teaching (sessions will be devoted to secondary/post-secondary science instruction). These will be followed by a workshop with graduate students and pre-service teachers from across the Laurentian University community. Workshop participants will include faculty from Science and engineering, Nursing, Sociology, Psychology, Education and faculty members from colleges and universities across Northern Ontario. Scientists and educators in the informal education sector will also be invited to attend the graduate workshop. All of the workshops/seminars will be hosted at Laurentian University in Sudbury and there will be teleconference opportunities arranged via Contact North to enable teachers and faculty at colleges and universities across Northern Ontario to participate. As part of the workshops, a toolkit for dissemination consisting of DVDs and short explanations on how to develop and use case studies and problem-based learning strategies will be developed . The lectures and workshops will be video - recorded, edited, and made available as hard copies as well as online through the Laurentian University School of Education website: https://laurentian.ca/knaer-research.  (Case Studies tab)

Outcomes:
The proposed project design will increase the impact and use of research knowledge in the area of teaching and learning by high school science teachers and university professors in Northern Ontario. Since the invitation to attend the workshops will be open to all high school science teachers and university professors in Northern Ontario (via face-to-face and video conferencing), dissemination of knowledge will be widespread.