Assessing students' ability to trace matter in dynamic systems in cell biology.

  title={Assessing students' ability to trace matter in dynamic systems in cell biology.},
  author={Christopher D Wilson and Charles W. Anderson and Merle Heidemann and John E. Merrill and Brett W Merritt and Gail Richmond and Duncan Sibley and Joyce M. Parker},
  journal={CBE life sciences education},
  volume={5 4},
College-level biology courses contain many complex processes that are often taught and learned as detailed narratives. These processes can be better understood by perceiving them as dynamic systems that are governed by common fundamental principles. Conservation of matter is such a principle, and thus tracing matter is an essential step in learning to reason about biological processes. We present here multiple-choice questions that measure students' ability and inclination to trace matter… CONTINUE READING
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