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ERIC Number: ED167488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Health in a Natural History Museum.
Newman, Ian M.
The opportunities offered by a natural history museum to enhance and expand classroom instruction in health are discussed. A basic constellation of typical natural history museum exhibit concepts and an array of health-related opportunities that are easily developed around these displays is outlined. The natural history concept provides an opportunity to explore community health, environmental health, and population dynamics. In the nutrition area population growth may be examined as well as food selection and availability and how food is assimilated by the human body. Displays on reproduction allow for clear and easily understood lessons in sex education that may not be presented quite as graphically in the classroom. Exhibits are available to provoke discussion on human beings and their unique forms and functions, on culture, and on disease control. Available also are illustrations of heredity, mental and physical fitness, and human migration as it reflects food chains and environmental stress. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American School Health Association (Atlanta, Georgia, 1976)