Recent News by Genetics Dept. Faculty Member Dr. Terry McGuire

Evolutionary Medicine (447:356) was one of three National Model Courses for 2010 from SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) - an NSF funded national dissemination project.

The selection of this course reflects SENCER’s new direction in providing innovative science teaching in courses for science majors.

“The SENCER models are curricular approaches to improving science learning and supporting engagement with complex issues. Through the "lens" of a matter or set of matters of public consequence, a SENCER model course or program teaches science that is both challenging and rigorous. The SENCER approach requires students to engage in serious scientific reasoning, inquiry, observation, and measurement. SENCER courses and programs connect scientific knowledge to public decision-making, policy development, and the effective "work" of citizenship. SENCER approaches encourage students to engage in research, to produce knowledge, to develop answers, as well as to appreciate the uncertainty and provisionality of the knowledge and answers produced.

SENCER models have clear learning outcomes. They seek transparency in their connection of classroom and related activities and the learning that is desired. Outcomes are assessed continuously. SENCER models reflect the intellectual curiosity of the faculty who developed them. At the same time, they respond to student interests, including personal interests, as well as public or civic ones.

The models are presented heuristically, that is as aids to understanding and inspirations for what is achievable. They are not offered as cookbooks or recipes to be copied and implemented as is. SENCER models are chosen because they demonstrate success, showcase effective strategies, and evidence potential for broader implementation and adaptation. The models also advance institutional aspirations to connect learning and other goals, such as fostering interdisciplinary understanding, increasing civic engagement and personal responsibility, and helping students develop more refined ethical sensibilities leading to improved personal choices and behavior.”

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