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Thursday, December 10 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Demystifying Science Education: Developing a Conceptual Model (Poster)

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The potential of a life science course seminar course that was administered at McMaster on science education which focused on the significance of active and deep learning to serve as a conceptual model for post-secondary education will be analyzed in this presentation. The design and execution of the course will be explained using Seligman’s model of flourishing based on the theory of wellbeing based on five pillars- positive emotion, engagement, meaning, relationships, and accomplishment. The presentation will analyse the course using this conceptual framework focusing on students’ wellbeing in the learning process. The design of wellbeing is considered as a construct based on the positive relationship between the five major pillars and the poster will elaborate on how the course elements aligned or misaligned with the framework. By enabling them to be a part of a collaborative learning enterprise, students received the opportunity to establish a strong connection to their own learning wherein they could analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, and find value in what they did. In fact, the presentation will elaborate on how the course attempted to demystify the concept of education by proposing a shift from an authoritative paradigm where students act as passive consumers of education, to a co-operative enterprise where students act as change agents actively engaged in the development and execution of the curricula to result in phenomenally improved learning outcomes. 


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Lori Goff

McMaster University
Lori Goff is the Manager of Program Enhancement at McMaster University. Her research interests in peer mentoring and quality enhancement are fundamentally focused on enhancing students’ learning experiences within the university context


Thursday December 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST
McMaster Innovation Park Atrium