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50 Years of ERIC
50 Years of ERIC
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is celebrating its 50th Birthday! First opened on May 15th, 1964 ERIC continues the long tradition of ongoing innovation and enhancement.

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Lankford, Deanna; Friedrichsen, Patricia – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Diffusion and osmosis are important biological concepts that students often struggle to understand. These are important concepts because they are the basis for many complex biological processes, such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration. We examine a wide variety of representations used by experienced teachers to teach diffusion and osmosis.…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Sequential Approach
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Lankford, Deanna; vom Saal, Fredrick – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2012
In order to be effective competitors in the marketplace, students must be able to think critically, communicate complex ideas through writing, collaborate with peers, and apply their knowledge of biological science to generate solutions for issues facing society. In this paper we examine the nature of the instructional tools, strategies, and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Educational Strategies, Cooperation, Biology
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Roberson, Christine; Lankford, Deanna – Science Teacher, 2010
Lab notebooks provide students with authentic science experiences as they become active, practicing scientists. Teachers gain insight into students' understanding of science content and processes, while students create a lasting personal resource. This article provides high school science teachers with guidelines for implementing lab notebooks in…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Education, Notetaking, Science Activities
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Halverson, Kristy Lynn; Lankford, Deanna Marie – American Biology Teacher, 2009
The authors have developed a lesson to investigate basic principles of ecology, more specifically niche partitioning, while using a jigsaw activity that explores galling insects' interactions with goldenrods. Not only does this lesson capture secondary students' interest and keeps them engaged in hands-on activities, the content addresses two…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Entomology, Ecology, Science Instruction
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Friedrichsen, Patricia J.; Abell, Sandra K.; Pareja, Enrique M.; Brown, Patrick L.; Lankford, Deanna M.; Volkmann, Mark J. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2009
Alternative certification programs (ACPs) have been proposed as a viable way to address teacher shortages, yet we know little about how teacher knowledge develops within such programs. The purpose of this study was to investigate prior knowledge for teaching among students entering an ACP, comparing individuals with teaching experience to those…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Investigations, Prior Learning, Pedagogical Content Knowledge