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Anthony Lorsbach; Allison Antink Meyer – American Biology Teacher, 2024
This lesson used the correspondence of Charles Darwin as an exploration of nature of science (NOS) in a historical context. Specifically, we used his original correspondence about his "provisional hypothesis" of pangenesis as a novel way to explore a scientist's social community. Darwin's community of friends and colleagues in the…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science History, Preservice Teacher Education, Primary Sources
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Kristy L. Daniel; Daniel Ferguson; E. Austin Leone; Carrie J. Bucklin – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Phylogenetic tree diagrams are commonly found in introductory biology curricula and represent the evolutionary relationships of organisms. Tree-thinking, or the ability to accurately interpret, use, and generate these phylogenetic representations, involves a challenging set of skills for students to learn. Although many introductory biology…
Descriptors: Flow Charts, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Britteny Berumen; Misty Boatman; Mark W. Bland – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Evolutionary theory is fundamental to biology, yet evolution instruction in high schools has often been unsatisfactory. How or whether high school biology teachers teach evolution is influenced by their own acceptance or rejection of evolutionary theory, parents' and community members' views, and in the case of some private schools, their…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, High School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Caryn Babaian; Sudhir Kumar – American Biology Teacher, 2024
When students think of evolution, they might imagine T. rex, or perhaps an abiotic scene of sizzling electrical storms and harsh reducing atmospheres, an Earth that looks like a lunar landscape. Natural selection automatically elicits responses that include "survival of the fittest," and "descent with modification," and with…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Education, Cancer, Teaching Methods
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Kenneth Harrington; Hunter Nelson; Jordon Ockey; Austin Gibson; Jamie Jensen – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Students with religious beliefs often find it difficult to accept the theory of evolution. It is important that educators feel comfortable addressing student questions on the compatibility of evolution and religion. We designed an online professional development course that taught the foundational principles of both evolution and religion in order…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Professional Development, Religion, Evolution
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Wenyuan Yang; Sihang Chen; Cheng Liu – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Modeling is a core practice in science and is a meaningful way to learn the subject. This article introduces a modeling-based approach that highlights the idea that modeling is an iterative process and integrates the fundamental parts of scientists' work and key suggestions for teaching through modeling. The lesson "The Structure and Function…
Descriptors: Models, Middle School Students, Biology, Science Instruction
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Leon G. Higley; Phyllis M. Higley; Tierney Brosius – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Effective teaching requires the use of techniques and strategies to counter student passivity and enhance engagement. Research demonstrates that drawing improves memory retention, increases motivation to learn, provides an opportunity to learn what makes an image an effective communication tool, allows demonstration of conceptual understanding,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Learner Engagement, Observational Learning, Teaching Methods
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Natalia González-Benítez; Javier Palomino; Maria del Carmen Molina – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Despite critical thinking supporting a deeper understanding of the scientific process, university activities prioritize lower cognitive processes, such as remembering skills. Also, it is unclear whether gender biases in interest toward science exist in university science degrees. These hinder students from achieving their goals effectively since…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Gender Differences, Student Projects
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Helen M. Alexander; Julie Schwarting; Naomi Betson – American Biology Teacher, 2024
We established a tallgrass prairie restoration experiment on a high school campus in Kansas. This easily accessible natural environment provides students and teachers many options including scientific research, artistic ventures, or simply relaxing in nature. Our restoration project has four main objectives: (1) practicing science; (2) increasing…
Descriptors: Ecology, High School Students, High School Teachers, Environmental Education
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Kevin J. Krajcir; Emily K. Field; Bradley Fultz; Robin Buff; Jim Gann; Lorin A. Neuman-Lee – American Biology Teacher, 2024
Biological interactions and associations underlie life's processes at every level of organization. Here, we present a classroom activity that allows students to visualize and understand the connections within almost any biological system, from cell functions to ecological relationships. We recommend that instructors implement this activity to…
Descriptors: Biology, Class Activities, Science Instruction, Visualization
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Liane Becker; Daniel C. Dreesmann – American Biology Teacher, 2024
This case study examines students' perception, motivation, and learning gain of a teaching unit featuring wireless sensors as tools to collect scientific data in the classroom. Students analyze data using the corresponding cellphone app, communicate findings to the class, and learn about a changing environment. Wireless sensors are produced for…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Ecology, Educational Technology
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Harjoe, Carmen C.; Wilson, Megan N.; Charbonneau, Natalie; Dalton, Lauren E.; van Zee, Kari; Kiser, Stacey; Kayes, Lori J. – American Biology Teacher, 2023
Coursework that is dependent on experiential learning, such as that offered in the laboratory-based sciences, can present barriers for a variety of students. These barriers can be magnified for students who experience disabilities that impact their access to the full depth of the course content and materials. Our unique perspective was formed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Blindness, Barriers, Students with Disabilities
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Cervantes-Valencia, Jesus Lizbeth; Kao, Robert M. – American Biology Teacher, 2023
One of the important mechanisms in cancer cell metastasis is the cellular function of a specific cell type called myofibroblast cells. Myofibroblast cells are unique cell types that play an important role in the cancer cell microenvironment. As a step toward integrating the latest peer-reviewed cancer research findings into a general biology…
Descriptors: Cancer, Cytology, Biology, Distance Education
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Hoh, Yin Kiong – American Biology Teacher, 2023
Gene therapy has fascinated clinicians, scientists, and patients since decades ago because of its potential to treat a disease at the genetic level. This can be achieved in many ways, including replacing a disease-causing gene with a healthy copy. Gene therapy must overcome complex tissue and cellular barriers to introduce genetic modifications…
Descriptors: Genetics, Genetic Disorders, Therapy, Diseases
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Chuang, Tzung-Fang; Chou, Ying-Hsiang; Pai, Jar-Yuan; Huang, Chien-Ning; Bair, Henry; Pai, Allen; Yu, Nai-Chi – American Biology Teacher, 2023
The use of virtual reality (VR) as a medium for education can contribute to the learning efficiency of students. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of VR application in advanced biology courses, specifically in enhancing the comprehension and understanding of high school students toward the topic of human organs and other related…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Educational Technology, Biology, Science Instruction
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