Introductory Biology in Social Context: The Effects of an Issues-Based Laboratory Course on Biology Student Motivation

-CBE—Life Sciences Education

People investigated the effects of a laboratory curriculum developed using the socio-­scientific issues (SSI) framework to contextualize scientific and socially relevant issues for students. Using self-determination theory and hierarchical linear modeling, they examined the effects of the SSI curriculum relative to a control curriculum on student motivation in a large introductory biology course for life science majors.

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