Dealing w/Student questions: a reply
bhandary at wccf.mit.edu
Mon Jan 31 20:04:00 EST 1994
In article <1994Jan30.164640.22070 at cobra.uni.edu>, klier at cobra.uni.edu writes...
>In article <1994Jan29.132210.57876 at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu>, scottamy at kuhub.cc.ukans.edu writes:
>I agree! It's also kind, if you're going to give pointers to literature,
>to inquire about library access. I've been in high schools with wonderful
>computer access, and lousy libraries. The public library was no better,
>and interlibrary loan can take a very long time (I used to be a trustee
>of a tiny public library). A couple of times, I've answered student
>questions with literature pointers, and had return mail describing
>the lack of availability of resources I've suggested. I figure
>that the $0.15 I threw in the office "personal copy" fund and the $0.29
>stamp and the envelope to mail a couple of sheets from a book sitting
>on my office shelf was probably a good investment in the future of
>science... esp. attitudes to science!
>Kay Klier Biology Dept UNI
This is an important point. Last year, I tried to help set up a kind of
molecular biology journal club in the CIS biology forum. The target was NOT the
doctorate level professional, but perhaps high school students as well as
teachers, the doctor or dentist not near a major university or teaching
hospital, nurses, and non-scientists (we even had a lawyer), etc.
Of course, we were hoping that other doctorate level people
would join in if interested. We found , however, that outside of
Scientific American, many people had a hard time getting even Science
and Nature. The original post that I did, for example, ended up being almost
a Scientific American style article in itself. AFter two posts, it became
very exhausting. The kinds of questions I would get made it appear that the
audience did not have access to primary literature; at least to publications
that have decent review articles (I was giving a lot of TIBS and TIGS,
Bioessays, etc. articles as references to get a background; these appeared to
be unavailable to most).
I haven't seen what they are using in high school these days for a biology
However, I would hope that an undergraduate would have a library at his or her
institute, such that the would not be a problem.
Dept. of Biology
Cambridge, MA 02139
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