ERIC Number: ED433240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Surveying an Ecosystem: An Exercise for High School Biology Students.
Lewis, James K.
This activity is used to introduce students to biology in general and the significance of environmental studies. The focus of the ecosystem survey is to examine the effects humans have on the environment. After completing a series of investigations, students develop their own hypothesis about human impact on the environment, and then test this on a site they had not previously examined--including the identification of exotic plants and animals on and around the site. Analysis and discussion of the results of the three initial surveys allows the students to develop a theory about the effects of humans upon biodiversity. Students also are introduced to experimental design, use of statistics to determine whether to accept or reject a hypothesis, and the significance of taxonomy. (Author)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee.
Note: Taken and adapted slightly from http://www.gene.com/ae/AE/AEC/AEF/1995/schenck survey.html