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ERIC Number: EJ1016829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Banking on the Future. Seed Bank Investigations Teach Biodiversity and Biocomplexity
Clary, Renee; Wandersee, James
Science Teacher, v80 n3 p66-71 Mar 2013
People depend on plants to fulfill many of their basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Although plants are all around us, people are often afflicted with "plant blindness," paying more attention to animals (Wandersee and Clary 2006; Wandersee and Schussler 2001). Studying seed banks and building one in the classroom can capture students' attention about the importance of plants in our lives and help teach the concepts of biodiversity and biocomplexity. By building classroom seed banks, students become more aware of their local plants and the importance of preserving seeds to combat world hunger and ensure lasting biodiversity. When students learn about today's global seed banks and establish their own classroom seed bank project, they fulfill several important biological and ecological concepts endorsed by the "National Science Education Standards" (1996) and the new "Next Generation Science Standards" (NRC 2013).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A