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Valauri-Orton, Alexis; Bernd, Karen K. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
For many middle school students, connections between their lives and concepts like chemical reactivity, microbial contamination, and experimental sampling are not obvious. They may also feel that, even if there were connections, understanding the monitoring and quality of natural resources is something for grown-ups and beyond their…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Microbiology, Chemistry
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Matthews, Catherine E.; Huffling, Lacey D.; Benavides, Aerin – American Biology Teacher, 2014
We describe a field-based lizard project we did with high school students as a part of our summer Herpetological Research Experiences. We describe data collection on lizards captured, identified, and marked as a part of our mark-recapture study. We also describe other lizard projects that are ongoing in the United States and provide resources for…
Descriptors: Science Projects, Animals, High School Students, Field Studies
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Hippensteel, Scott P. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The primary decorative flooring tile in the Southpark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, is fossiliferous limestone that contains Jurassic ammonoids and belemnoids. Visible in these tiles are more than 500 ammonoids, many of which have been cross sectioned equatorially perpendicular to the plane of coiling. Upper-level undergraduate students from…
Descriptors: Biology, Paleontology, Science Instruction, College Science
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Tomasek, Terry M.; Matthews, Catherine E.; Hall, Jeff – American Biology Teacher, 2005
The protocols used in a research project on amphibian and reptile diversity at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center near New Bern, North Carolina is described. An increasing or stable number of amphibians and reptiles would indicate that the forest has a balance of invertebrates, leaf litter, moisture, pH, debris, burrows and habitat…
Descriptors: Zoology, Environmental Education, Ecology, Science Education
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Wheatley, Jack H.; Tew, Wallace R. – American Biology Teacher, 1993
Reports the results of returned surveys of biology instructors (n=44), chemistry instructors (n=20), and personnel officers (n=19) in the North Carolina Community College System. The instructor survey concerned the type of courses taught, the academic preparation of the instructor, and the perceived value of secondary teaching. (PR)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, College Faculty, College Science