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Allen, Denise A. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Little empirical evidence suggested that independent reading abilities of students enrolled in biology predicted their performance on the Biology I Graduation End-of-Course Assessment (ECA). An archival study was conducted at one Indiana urban public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, by examining existing educational assessment data to test…
Descriptors: Correlation, Reading Ability, Standardized Tests, Scores
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Rop, Charles J. – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Biology teachers know how important it is for them and for their students to engage first-hand with nature. Ideally, bringing students to fields, woodlands, and wetlands to observe, explore, and wonder is the best way to stimulate curiosity and practice scientific inquiry. However, for many reasons, field excursions are not always practical or…
Descriptors: Entomology, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Science Activities
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Turner, Matthew J.; Rios, Jose M. – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Recent education reform efforts are at the forefront of educators' minds across the nation, science teachers notwithstanding. At least 48 states have developed a mandated standardized test, the majority of which also publish an individual school proficiency report. Washington State's new standardized science test is an example of such reforms…
Descriptors: Research Design, Scientific Methodology, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement
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Hohenshell, Liesl; Hand, Brian; Staker, Jay – American Biology Teacher, 2004
A writing task assigned to tenth grade students of a biotechnology unit is elaborated wherein they practiced literacy skills and demonstrated knowledge integration by communicating their understanding to seventh-grade students. The standards put forward by the National Research Council are fulfilled by such teaching strategies.
Descriptors: Grade 10, Teaching Methods, Literacy, Comprehension