Timely learning of specialized science vocabulary is critical for building a solid knowledge base in any scientific discipline. To motivate students to dedicate time and effort mastering biology vocabulary, I have designed a vocabulary exercise utilizing the popular web encyclopedia Wikipedia. The exercise creates an opportunity for students to connect the challenge of vocabulary learning to a prior positive experience of self-guided learning using a content source they are familiar and comfortable with.
Marintcheva, B. (2012). Motivating Students to Learn Biology Vocabulary with Wikipedia. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 13(1), 65-66. DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.357.
Virtual Commons Citation
Marintcheva, Boriana (2012). Motivating Students to Learn Biology Vocabulary with Wikipedia. In Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 34.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/biol_fac/34