OOS 8-4 - Using authentic scientific data to improve quantitative reasoning in ecology and evolutionary biology

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 9:00 AM
Portland Blrm 255, Oregon Convention Center
Louise Mead1, Elizabeth H. Schultheis2, Melissa K. Kjelvik2, Molly Stuhlsatz3 and Alexa Warwick4, (1)BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, (2)Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, Hickory Corners, MI, (3)BSCS, Colorado Springs, CO, (4)BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution, Michigan State University

Students in the United States consistently lag behind other industrialized countries in terms of science education outcomes, prompting concerns that the next generation of Americans is inadequately prepared to address pressing 21st century socio-scientific issues. To address these shortcomings, the landscape of science education is undergoing a fundamental shift with new reform calling for a focus on students’ ability to analyze and interpret data, use mathematical thinking, and communicate arguments based on evidence. Scientists and science educators are broadly engaged in developing resources to meet these calls for reform.


One such resource, Data Nuggets, brings real data from cutting-edge scientific research to students. Originally developed for K-12 classrooms, Data Nuggets are now being used in undergraduate biology courses, and engaging students with data from experiments in evolutionary biology as well as ecology. We will highlight these resources, discuss challenges to implementation, and present current efforts to evaluate the efficacy of Data Nuggets.