Hormones, Drugs, and Pregnancy. Marsha Timmerman, LaSalle University Tracy Schatteman , Lincoln Land Community College Gretchen A. Koch, Goucher College Anton Weisstein , Truman State University. Goals. Create a problem based learning module to teach students about hormones Three venues
Marsha Timmerman, LaSalle University
Tracy Schatteman, Lincoln Land Community College
Gretchen A. Koch, Goucher College
Anton Weisstein, Truman State University
The Hook: Initial case history of woman who gets pregnant on birth control pills
Inquiry phase: students discuss and research into reproductive system, hormones and birth control pills. Students present what they have learned to the class.
Case history part 2: Provides more information
Investigative phase: students use tools such as Excel modules and AgentSheets to delve deeper into the subject. In this phase, each venue can move in the direction appropriate for the intent of their class.
Bill walks into the student lounge and sees Amy sitting in a corner looking very dejected. Bill approaches Amy.
Bill: “Hi Amy. You look upset. Is anything wrong?”
Amy: “I guess. This morning I took a home pregnancy test, and it came up positive. I’m really shocked that I’m pregnant. I need to think about it for a while.”
Bill: “Congratulations! I know that you and Ron have been talking about having a family. I did not realize that you had stopped using birth control.”
Amy: “That’s the problem. I am still taking birth control pills; I think the one I am on is called Aygestin. Ron and I were thinking about a family but were not quite ready to take the plunge. I guess we don’t need to make the decision any longer.”
More of the case…
Amy goes to her doctor for a prenatal checkup.
Amy: “I was taking my birth control pills as prescribed. The only time I missed one was a couple of weeks ago when I was up very late studying for an exam. After exams, Ron and I went away for a weekend get away to enjoy ourselves before the summer semester started.”
Doctor: “Aygestin is a progesterone birth control pill. A woman’s reproductive system is controlled by a number of hormones that continually cycle.”
Students can modify several conditions
Chart automatically updates
User entry of drug
versus GI concentration
Time is still independent variable.
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