Bryan D. White
Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.
WINTER 2011 Human Anatomy
This class will meet half in class and half in the lab to study bones, histology and perform a cat dissection. In addition, sometimes Friday classes will be held in public school classrooms.
Students of human anatomy are often overwhelmed by the number of new vocabulary words used to describe the bones, muscles, and nerves in the body. In addition, connections to the nature of science and scientific practices can be forgotten in a content-heavy course such as human anatomy. This class will utilize a community-based curriculum for human anatomy that will reflect on the nature of science without taking away from the scientific content of an upper level science course. By partnering with local middle school and elementary school classrooms, UWB students will bring human organs into classrooms and lead small group discussions, asking for student observations and hypotheses, and reflecting on the nature of science throughout. In addition, UWB students and partnering students will develop investigations on anatomy topics that interest partnering students, for example: What predicts when you lose a tooth? What is the fastest way to increase heart rate? Groups of students will work together to make hypotheses, develop experiments, generate data, and form conclusions while at the same time consider what it means to be a scientist. The goal is to help UWB students and partnering students to think of themselves as scientists and practice the habits of science.
Student learning goals
Learn the bones of the human body.
Utilize histology to understand the function of various organ systems.
Be able to dissect a cat, isolate a variety of anatomical structures, and describe the function of these structures.
Be able to lead discussion of drugs and their effects on human organs with elementary and middle school classes. We will bring real human organs to classrooms.
Be able to work with partnering students to make hypotheses, develop experiments, generate data, and form conclusions on a topic that interests the middle school or elementary school students.
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, dissection lab, active learning in public schools.
Curiosity and willingness to be a scientist.
Class assignments and grading
Reading, experimental design, creation of a classroom teaching module on organ system or experimental investigation.
Practical exams in the laboratory, written exams, reflections on learning in the partnering school.