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Chung, Carl – American Biology Teacher, 2004
Discussions on species taxa directly refer to a range of complex biological phenomena. Given these phenomena, biologists have developed and continue to appeal to a series of species concepts and do not have a clear definition for it as each species concept tells us part of the story or helps the biologists to explain and understand a subset of…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Biology, Biological Sciences, Science Instruction
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Vener, Arthur M.; Krupka, Lawrence R. – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Reported are the results of a survey of undergraduate students regarding the knowledge and attitudes about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Survey methods, limitations, results, and implications are discussed. Results are compared with a previous survey to assess change over time. (CW)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Biological Sciences, College Science, Higher Education
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Fedak, John; And Others – American Biology Teacher, 1990
The improvement in student attitudes as the result of the use of videomicroscopy in the science classroom at the elementary, secondary, and college levels is discussed. The results of published research studies are reviewed. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lord, Thomas R. – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Described is a study which was developed to find the proportion of cross-dominance in young adults. Procedures and statistical tests are discussed. The tasks used in the assessment of cross-dominance are described. Results indicated that all persons suffered from some cross-dominance. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, Brain Hemisphere Functions, College Science, Genetics
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Wandersee, James H. – American Biology Teacher, 1990
The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework concerning writings about the future of biology education. Methods, procedures, and results are presented. A list of 112 articles about the future found in the journal "The American Biology Teacher" from 1938-88 is included. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Content Analysis, Elementary School Science
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Darley, W. Marshall – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Major differences between plants and animals are presented. Discussed are autotrophs and heterotrophs, plant growth and development, gas exchange, the evolution of plants, ecosystem components, the alleged inferiority of plants, and fungi. (CW)
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Classification, College Science
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Merritt, Sheridan V. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
The use of actographs for studying animal activity is discussed. Described are running recorders for rodents, perching and feeding recorders for birds, and tilting box recorders for studying the movement of reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, High Schools, Laboratory Animals
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Seager, Robert D. – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Presented is a discussion of recent evidence on the evolution of human forms on earth gathered and evaluated using mitochondrial DNA techniques. Theories regarding the possibility that a common female ancestor existed in Africa about 200,000 years ago are discussed. A list of teaching aids is provided. (CW)
Descriptors: Archaeology, Biology, College Science, DNA
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Kangas, Patrick C. – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Presented is a demonstration in which students are shown an objective view of the role of animals through the analysis of books about ecosystems. The book analysis method and lists of books about wetlands and terrestrial ecosystems are included. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Ecology, Elementary School Science
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Rubin, Amram; Tamir, Pinchas – American Biology Teacher, 1988
Proposes an approach to school laboratory experiences which leads to gradual acquisition of inquiry skills based on the idea of advance organizers. Presents a design which is context familiar and can serve as an introduction to scientific inquiry. Discusses student achievement, and teacher and student attitudes. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style
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Van Koevering, Thomas E.; Stiehl, Richard B. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
Reports on a study which was conducted to provide a sample of biology teachers an opportunity to describe their experiences and opinions regarding the controversial issue of evolution and creation as it relates to teaching about the origins of life. Provides the objectives, sample selection, an analysis, and a conclusion. (RT)
Descriptors: Biology, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Creationism
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Harder, Annie K. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
Reports on students' attitudes toward reading science during an experimental study that investigated ways to increase comprehension of technical material. Describes the procedure, results, conclusions, applications, and implication. (RT)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Science, Comprehension, Content Area Reading
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Richmond, Gail; And Others – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Reported are the results of a survey of undergraduate students regarding their attitudes about the use of animals in science experiments following a presentation of both sides of the issue. Survey methods, results, and implications are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Dissection