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ERIC Number: EJ863742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Quantifying Ecology: Constructing Life History Tables
Balgopal, Meena M.; Ode, Paul J.
American Biology Teacher, v71 n5 p295-299 May 2009
In the biology community there has been a call for integrating lessons on population growth rate and the human population crisis into biology classrooms. Ecologists fear that students do not understand the relationship between the magnitude of the human population growth and Earth's carrying capacity, as well as some basic ecological concepts. The authors suggest that students must first learn how populations are studied and how predictions of population growth rates are made to better grasp the implications of human population dynamics. The authors have developed a lesson that addresses the National Science Education Standards A (understanding scientific inquiry/analyses) and F (population growth and natural resources) and that reinforces the idea that the discipline of ecology is both descriptive and quantitative. Although ecology does have a rich history of descriptive research upon which much of biology rests, the authors hope to introduce high school and college students to the quantitative aspects of ecological research. For teachers who aim to integrate mathematics in the science classroom, the authors propose constructing and analyzing life history tables. In this article, the authors present an activity on life history table construction. Their goal is to find a data set in which students might be particularly interested as the authors begin their lessons on human population growth. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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