By John Janovy Jr.
Teaching in Eden presents any instructor with robust and almost loose instruments that she or he can use to change the basic nature of the academic adventure. The instruments are uncomplicated educational units that require just a teacher's time, and the braveness to damage out of the prevailing constraints to find and gather the weather of a great educational surroundings.
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What was the major problem with this material? Context. It was all out of context. Regardless of the context problem, a teacher should never ignore a rich supply of materials just because his or her students don’t view them as meaningful subjects for, in my case, a 40 JOHN JANOVY, JR. university course. All I had to do was design an activity that was by its very nature educational—that is—it achieved the pedagogical goals regardless of the outcome. The student actually had to do the activity, however, instead of getting information off the Web.
Again, for those with interests in the health professions, Field Parasitology can be thought of as a continuing effort to discover “who” is infected with “whom” and what the effects of that infection might be. In some cases the effects will be obvious, in others it won’t be. Most baffling of all will be those hosts with literally hundreds of parasites, but that seem perfectly healthy, no different in any discernable way, from other hosts of the same species we collect. 6. As a course in invertebrate zoology.
8. Go-around-the-room formalized discussion, converting the students into teachers. TEACHING IN EDEN 49 9. A collection, with data handled as would by done by a museum curator. 10. A mock exercise in tropical medicine. 11. A research project. 12. Daily cleanup and burial (if required). 13. , late evenings at the White Gate (outside CPBS property) where people can sit in the back of a pickup and watch the falling stars. 14. The session-ending symposium. This kind of list is not exclusive to a single subject and a single course.
Teaching in Eden: Lessons from Cedar Point by John Janovy Jr.