ERIC Number: EJ1060280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
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Inquiry-Based Instruction of Compound Microscopy Using Simulated Paleobiogeography
Hodgson, Jay Y. S.; Mateer, Scott C.
American Biology Teacher, v77 n5 p363-368 May 2015
The compound microscope is an important tool in biology, and mastering it requires repetition. Unfortunately, introductory activities for students can be formulaic, and consequently, students are often unengaged and fail to develop the required experience to become proficient in microscopy. To engage students, increase repetition, and develop identification skills, we have them use the microscope as a problem-solving tool to examine prepared slides of microfossils and microartifacts from a simulated archeology site to determine its paleobiogeographic history.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Paleontology, Archaeology, Laboratory Equipment, Computer Simulation, Science Activities, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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