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Goodwillie, Carol [1].

Using Invasive Plant Control to Teach Plant Biology: A Service Learning Approach.

Service learning is an educational approach that integrates community service into academic curriculum. Although service learning is perhaps most often used in education, sociology or other human-centered courses, it can also be used effectively in science curriculum. I have developed a service-learning course in plant biology for biology and science education majors. For the service component, students work to control invasions of exotic plants in local natural areas, with Recreation and Parks Department as community partners. Most of the work to date has focused on control of sericea (Lespedeza cuneata, Fabaceae) along city greenways through simple manual removal of plants. Through documentation of the number of stems removed, we are assembling a long-term record of our effects on population densities. Throughout the lecture material, invasive plants are used to illustrate and explore basic concepts in plant physiology, ecology and reproduction. Written reflections and exit surveys indicate that the service work and field experience enhances their learning and promotes awareness and positive attitudes toward preserving natural areas.

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1 - EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, Department Of Biology, Mail Stop 551, GREENVILLE, NC, 27858, USA

active learning
service learning
invasive plants
Lespedeza cuneata.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 18, Teaching Section Papers Session I
Location: 101/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Time: 9:15 AM
Number: 18006
Abstract ID:125
Candidate for Awards:None

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