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Games in an Introductory Soil Science Course: A Novel Approach for Increasing Student Involvement with Course Material
This article describes an optional recitation course that was developed to supplement a traditionally taught lecture-plus-laboratory course in soil science. Popular, competitive games that would be familiar to students were revised to be "soils-based" and were employed in the recitation class. These games were seen as a potential means to use knowledge in an atypical fashion while at the same time generating enthusiasm for the subject. Evaluation of two terms of games implementation showed that these activities increased both student enthusiasm and, potentially, course performance.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004, American Society of Agronomy.
DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-209
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Elizabeth W. Sulzman
Department of Crop and Soil Science
Oregon State University

Publisher: The Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education