ERIC Number: ED403147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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WOWBugs: Materials Development and Classroom Implementation of a Novel Organism.
Koballa, Thomas R., Jr.; And Others
The purpose of the WOWBug project was to promote "Melittobia digitata," a fruit-fly sized wasp, as a new organism for life science instruction and to determine the potential usefulness of the wasp to teach fundamental life science concepts. Fifty-five middle school teachers were introduced to the WOWBug and practiced with prototype activities in preparation for using them with their life science classes. Preliminary results indicate that the teachers' reasons for participating in the project varied greatly and that they recognized few barriers to teaching life science concepts in the areas of animal behavior, reproduction, and life cycles using the WOWBug. Over the period of one school year, the teachers' concerns about implementing the WOWBug activities in their classes shifted from those related to their personal needs to concerns about collaboration with other teachers and the effects of the activities on student learning. Benefits of the project include enhanced student interest in the life sciences and better understanding of life science concepts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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