An integrated approach to teaching cell staining

Archana Lal, Thiru Vanniasinkam

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Active learning has been shown to improve student outcomes across a range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. In addition, active learning with an interdisciplinary focus in the classroom is beneficial for students to pursue health and allied health careers. Case studies have also been shown to enhance student learning. In this study, we utilized a novel learning approach combining a case study with interdisciplinary focus and an active learning exercise that introduced the chemistry of stains and how this relates to staining various organelles and components in a cell. This case study along with active learning exercise (e.g., a card game, group PowerPoint presentations, or coloring organelles or structures in a eukaryotic cell upon staining with a biochemical stain) resulted in improved student performance as well as long-term retention. This activity can be implemented in introductory biology, microbiology, cell biology, and related STEM disciplines (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Microbiology and Biology Education
Issue number2
Early online dateMay 2023
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


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