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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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Mueller, Melinda M. – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Biological evolution is one of the over-arching concepts recommended for student learning by the "National Science Education Standards." As with all such complex concepts, student understanding of evolution is improved when instruction includes hands-on, inquiry-based activities. However, even authors writing in strong support of teaching…
Descriptors: Science Education, Standards, Evolution, Biology