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BeeSpace: Integrating the Curriculum by Connecting Learning and Life Chip Bruce Library and Information Science, UIUC with thanks to Susan Fahrbach Biology, Wake Forest University


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Title: BeeSpace: Integrating the Curriculum by Connecting Learning and Life Chip Bruce Library and Information Science, UIUC with thanks to Susan Fahrbach Biology, Wake Forest University

BeeSpace Integrating the Curriculum by
Connecting Learning and LifeChip BruceLibrary
and Information Science, UIUCwith thanks
toSusan FahrbachBiology, Wake Forest University
Situation in Science Education
  • Science today colony collapse, global warming,
    biodiversity, medicine, space, computers/networks
  • Science education pipeline, citizens, education
    in general, political leaders
  • BeeSpace opportunity multidisiplinary,
    accessible, meaningful questions
  • Puzzle complex ideas and tools, under
    development, diverse constituencies
  • A project of same scale as BeeSpace itself

Integrative Learning
  • "connecting skills and knowledge from multiple
    sources and experiences applying skills and
    practices in various settings utilizing diverse
    and even contradictory points of view and,
    understanding issues and positions
    contextually." Huber, Hutchings, Gale,
    Integrative Learning for Liberal Education (2005)
  • Fostering students abilities to integrate
    learningacross courses, over time, and between
    campus and community lifeis one of the most
    important goals and challenges of higher
    education. Carnegie Foundation
  • No "gap in kind (as distinct from degree) between
    the child's experience and the various forms of
    subject-matter." Dewey, The Child and Curriculum

Stratified earths?
  • Experience has its geographical aspect, its
    artistic and its literary, its scientific and its
    historical sides. All studies arise from aspects
    of the one earth and the one life lived upon it.
    We do not have a series of stratified earths, one
    of which is mathematical, another physical,
    another historical, and so on. All studies grow
    out of relations in the one great common world.
    When the child lives in varied but concrete and
    active relationship to this common world, his/her
    studies are naturally unified. Relate the
    school to life, and all studies are of necessity
    correlated. John Dewey, The School and Society

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Four specific developments (1902)
  • expansion of transportation and the circulation
    of ideas so that it is no longer physically
    possible for one nationality, race, class, or
    sect to be kept apart from others, impervious to
    their wishes and beliefs
  • relaxation of the bonds of social discipline and
  • intellectual life, facts, and knowledge more
    connected with daily occupations and ordinary
  • prolongation of continuous instruction

School as Social Center
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  • Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee, as the
    model organism, with its recently sequenced
  • Microarray experiments generating a database of
    gene expressions for social behavior
  • BeeSpace Concept Navigator enables users to
    navigate a uniform space of diverse databases and
    literature sources for hypothesis development and
    testing uses statistical literature analyses to
    discover functional relationships between genes
    and behavior
  • An international community of laboratories
    studying honey bees and related organisms
  • 5 million grant from NSFs Frontiers in
    Integrative Biological Research program,

Unpacking the Puzzle
Third Annual BeeSpace Workshop, May 21-22,
Education Resources
  • Bee Biology
  • Booklet by high school biology teacher (D. Stone)
  • Video of talk by G. Robinson, with question set
  • Video footage of bee behaviors
  • Bee Research
  • Video tour of Bee Lab
  • Links to Honey Bee Genome materials
  • BeeSpace Research (molecular basis of social
  • Video caring for the BeeSpace bees (K. Pruiett)
  • Anatomy of a BeeSpace Experiment (D. Stone)
  • Videos researchers at work (M. Sarma, A.
    Boardmann, S. Liang, R. Velarde)
  • Bees In the Classroom
  • Bioinformatics for Beginners freshman seminar
    (S. Fahrbach)
  • Middle school visits with bee researchers (G.
    Robinson, N. Ismail)
  • Video teacher education activities with bees (S.
  • Software Support
  • Training for researchers using BeeSpace software
    in-house, lab visits, online help

Bioinformatics for Beginners _at_WFU
  • First-year seminar taught by S. Fahrbach in Fall
  • Classes 1x/wk. for 150 minutes
  • Students introduced to bioinformatics via nature
    vs. nurture issue and BeeSpace Navigator
  • Students build skills and display mastery by
    developing new BeeSpace educational materials for
    younger students
  • Special features
  • Session with science librarian to create online
    resource page
  • Field trip to research apiary
  • Videoconference with Bruce Schatz
  • Access to online BeeSpace educational resources
  • Use of NCBI tools and resources
  • Presentation of final projects to BeeSpace PIs
    via teleconference

B4B_at_WFU Student Projects
  • Projects were required to conform to the North
    Carolina Standard Course of Study.
  • Projects required a deliverable for use in the
    classroom and an accompanying teachers manual.
  • Materials are ready for use Summer 2007, and will
    be broadly accessible via the BeeSpace website.
  • Students created a board game (BeeLand), a
    Jeopardy game, a web site, several PowerPoint
    presentations, and rules for a game to be played

Successes/Challenges of B4B_at_WFU
  • Introduced to bioinformatics concepts, challenges
    of effective search, modern formulations of
    nature/nurture in human behavior
  • Embraced learning-by-teaching, worked effectively
    in groups to complete projects
  • Interacted directly with researchers
  • Proved resistant to idea of gene x environment
  • Sometimes distracted by minor technical glitches
    (delays getting BLAST results, printer failures,
    videoconferencing problems)
  • Busy student schedules and low proportion of
    intended science majors precluded student
    transition to active participation in outreach

Next Steps
  • Additional education resources coming to project
  • Summer workshop for grade 8-9 students Colony
    Collapse Disorder activities involving bee
    biology, insect pollination of plants, and
    computer search and retrieval of biological
    information learners reviewed the learning
    activities for incorporation into next years
  • Assessing outcomes and challenges of connecting
    middle school-age through undergraduate learners
    with leading-edge research
  • First-year seminar at Wake Forest to be offered
    in Fall 2007 and Fall 2008 BeeSpace volunteers
    are needed for videoconferences in Fall 2007

  • Literature summarized for students gt Literature
    analyzed and explored by students
  • Laboratory work described to students gt
    Laboratory work done by students
  • Curriculum development for students gt curriculum
    development by students
  • Educational research on students gt educational
    research by students

  • One cannot understand the history of education in
    the United States during the twentieth century
    unless one realizes that Edward L. Thorndike won
    and John Dewey lost. Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
  • To put the distinction sharply, Thorndike saw
    humans in the image of the machine Dewey saw
    them in the image of life. Richard Gibboney
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