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ERIC Number: EJ813862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Teaching Taxonomy: How Many Kingdoms?
Case, Emily
American Biology Teacher, v70 n8 p472-477 Oct 2008
Taxonomy, the identification, naming, and classification of living things, is an indispensable unit in any biology curriculum and indeed, an integral part of biological science. Taxonomy catalogues life's diversity and is an essential tool for communication. Textbook discussions of taxonomy range anywhere from three to eight domains of kingdoms. Depending on the textbook, the teachers, and the state curriculum, students learn to classify all live beings into three, or five, or six major groups, called either "kingdoms" or "domains." In this article, the author examines the five-kingdom and three-domain systems, arguably the best-developed and most widely-accepted scientific hypotheses regarding the evolutionary history of life. She also discusses the implications of the debate about classification systems and techniques on student learning. Lastly, she offers a simple guide for evaluating textbook discussions of taxonomy. (Contains 4 figures and 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts