Teaching Ecology Using a Writing Intensive, Research-Based, Collaborative Learning Approach

Javier Monzón


Introduction to Ecology is an upper-division, writing intensive course in the Biology major at a small, private Christian university. The course is required for all students majoring in Biology and is offered once per year, usually in the fall semester. It is a 4-credit course with lecture and laboratory components. The class meets for lecture in three 1-hour periods and for lab in one 3-hour period. There are usually two laboratory sections, each capped at 16 students.


Undergraduate research; collaborative learning; cooperative learning

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