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Garcia, Rebecca; Rahman, Alvina; Klein, Janette Gomos – American Biology Teacher, 2015
We designed a human biology course that interests nonmajors while improving science literacy through student engagement, using a constructivist-inspired, topic-centered approach. This way of learning highlights common diseases that provide a basis to incorporate specific biological concepts. The topic-centered approach triggers interest and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Nonmajors, Undergraduate Students
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Firooznia, Fardad – American Biology Teacher, 2015
I describe and evaluate a fun and simple role-playing exercise that allows students to actively work through the process of translation. This exercise can easily be completed during a 50-minute class period, with time to review the steps and contemplate complications such as the effects of various types of mutations.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Genetics
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Wyner, Yael; Becker, Johnathan; Torff, Bruce – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Both the old National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the recent "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) devote significant resources to learning about human environmental impact. Whereas the NSES advocate learning about human environmental impact in a section apart from the science- content learning strands, the NGSS embed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Secondary School Science, Conservation (Environment)
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Harris, Cornelia; Berkowitz, Alan R.; Alvarado, Angelita – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Does working with first- and second-hand ecological data improve students' knowledge of ecological ideas, motivation and engagement in science, data exploration, and citizenship skills (students' ability to make informed decisions)? We have been exploring this question with high school science teachers in New York State for the past year using a…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Ecology, Concept Formation, Science Teachers
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Day, Heather L.; Matthews, Dorothy M. – American Biology Teacher, 2008
The "Living Environment Regents Examination" is meant to provide a measure of the quality of New York State students' knowledge and understanding of biological content and science inquiry ability, as it is defined in the "MST Standards" and the "Living Environment Core Curriculum". This article examines the degree to…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Academic Standards, Measurement
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Schwebach, J. Reid – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Inquiry-based, student-lead research may be a pinnacle of high school science education, and the implementation of inquiry themes at all grades is of profound importance. At The Beacon High School in New York City, all seniors, regardless of their scientific proclivity or interest, completed original science research projects as a graduation…
Descriptors: Research Design, Student Research, Science Projects, Seminars
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Salm, Sarah; Goodwyn, Lauren; van Loon, Nanette; Jayant, Lalitha; DeLeon, Patricia – American Biology Teacher, 2008
The authors recently conducted a Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) survey at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) among students who had participated in mentored research projects. In all ten categories examined, 80-90% of the students agreed that their research experience had been of great benefit, increasing their academic…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Research Projects, Molecular Biology, Community Colleges
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Andersen, Janet – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Secondary school educators are told to teach more mathematics and science to their students to help them become more proficient in the two subjects. Coordination of mathematics and science teaching is recognized as another means of improving proficiency. The National Science Foundation has funded the "Mathematics, Science and Technology…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction