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Tuesday, November 1 • 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Real-World Learning: Teaching Science through Case Studies

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Have your students ever asked you, “Why do I need to know this?” Case studies, which are tools for teaching in STEM and other disciplines, bring immediate relevancy to the course material you teach in your classroom. Students will be able to connect the content from your course to problems occurring in the world today, such as antibiotic resistance and ocean acidification. Case studies stimulate curiosity, passion, motivation, and teamwork among students. Throughout the case study, students will work in teams to address a societal problem using science. They have the opportunity to ask their own questions and to conduct their own research. At the end of the case, they have the opportunity to communicate their findings to an audience outside the classroom. This approach is modeled from a program called iCons (Integrated Concentration in Science) that is offered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The presenters will take you through the five-step case study process and share four fully developed cases, which include relevant science standards, with you.


Stephanie Purington

UMass Amherst, iCons Program


Kiki Carey

UMass Amherst, iCons program

Rebecca Howard

UMass Amherst, iCons Program

Erica Light

UMass Amherst, iCons Program

Corrine Losch

UMass Amherst, iCons Program

Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:55pm - 3:45pm EDT
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