Meeting ID: 981 8944 3546
Big Learning, Little Brains
Undergraduate research can be an inclusive, high-impact teaching practice, and hands-on instruction in laboratory research is a desirable element of a psychology curriculum. There are some barriers to laboratory instruction at teaching-focused institutions that can be addressed using invertebrates. This presentation will discuss the rationale, logistics, and outcomes associated with the use of harvester ants to support equitable and inclusive teaching opportunities. Harvester ants are an excellent option for instructors who are interested in conducting animal research, and they have provided opportunities for students to quickly become involved in every stage of the research process, including the collection and analysis of primary data. This animal model has created opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds to become practicing scientists, to develop expertise, and to explore novel research questions.