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ERIC Number: EJ1044505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
How Do Small Things Make a Big Difference? Activities to Teach about Human-Microbe Interactions
Jasti, Chandana; Hug, Barbara; Waters, Jillian L.; Whitaker, Rachel J.
American Biology Teacher, v76 n9 p601-608 Nov-Dec 2014
Recent scientific studies are providing increasing evidence for how microbes living in and on us are essential to our good health. However, many students still think of microbes only as germs that harm us. The classroom activities presented here are designed to shift student thinking on this topic. In these guided inquiry activities, students investigate human-microbe interactions as they work together to interpret and analyze authentic data from published articles and develop scientific models. Through the activities, students learn and apply ecological concepts as they come to see the human body as a fascinatingly complex ecosystem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS); National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: R25OD011144|DEB:0816885