Inquiry-based undergraduate teaching in the life sciences at large research universities: a perspective on the Boyer Commission Report

Cell Biol Educ. Summer 2003;2(2):112-6. doi: 10.1187/cbe.03-02-0004.


The 1998 Boyer Commission Report advocated improvement of undergraduate education at large research universities through large-scale participation of undergraduates in the universities' research mission. At a recent conference sponsored by the Reinvention Center, which is dedicated to furthering the goals of the Boyer Commission, participants discussed progress toward these goals and recommendations for future action. A breakout group representing the life sciences concluded that independent research experience for every undergraduate may not be feasible or desirable but that transformation of lecture courses to more inquiry-based and interactive formats can effectively further the Commission's goals.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Science Disciplines / education*
  • Biological Science Disciplines / trends
  • Curriculum / standards
  • Curriculum / trends
  • Education / methods
  • Education / organization & administration
  • Education / trends
  • Forecasting
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Research / standards*
  • Research / trends
  • Students / psychology
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Teaching / trends
  • Universities