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The Future of Botany Teaching

Cozza, John [1].

A Botany Doctoral Studentís Perspectives on the Future of Botany Teaching.

Todayís botany students are the professionís bridge to the future. Ways of improving instruction are always on their minds because they are continually experiencing todayís instruction. They are also constantly comparing it across professors, courses, and institutions --via direct experience and conversations with their peers. As a result, they have some unique, thoughtful, learner-based insights to offer--insights on what aspects of their program are most valuable for deepening their botanical understanding and improving their professional skill sets. As a current botany doctoral student at a research university, I wish to emphasize the importance of observing living plants in natural and managed settings, experiencing plant conservation work, making ethnobotanical connections, participating in community outreach projects, conducting inquiry-based research, and last but not least, mentoring graduate students effectively.


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1 - The John C. Gifford Arboretum, Department of Biology, University of Miami, P.O. Box 249118, Coral Gables, FL, 33124

Keywords:
graduate students
community outreach
ethnobotany
inquiry-based research
mentoring
observing living plants
Plant conservation.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S5
Location: 157/Law
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 4:20 PM
Number: S5007
Abstract ID:982


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