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Dresner, Marion; Moldenke, Andrew – American Biology Teacher, 2002
Presents important information for conducting authentic scientific field work. Interprets one teacher's field experience in the Pacific Northwest. Points out the need for teacher training in authentic field work and makes suggestions for starting a field ecology project. (KHR)
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Field Instruction
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Crovello, Theodore J. – American Biology Teacher, 1982
Discusses the use of computers for nine different tasks in biological education: information retrieval, data accumulation, data analysis, simulation and systems analysis, decision making, experimental control, course review, computer-managed instruction, and word processing. (PEB)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction
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McCormack, Alan J. – American Biology Teacher, 1982
Scientific challenges are presented to motivate secondary and college students in creative thinking and scientific problem solving. Student solutions to the "Create-a-Creature" challenge are presented and six new challenges are issued. (PEB)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Creative Activities, Creative Thinking
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Jensen, Murray S.; Smith, Mike U. – American Biology Teacher, 1999
Describes unexpected experiences with student laboratory activities. Makes recommendations for addressing two types of lab disasters: (1) when lab preparations fail prior to the beginning of lab; and (2) when students produce unexpected results with the proper use of materials. (Contains 11 references.) (WRM)
Descriptors: Biology, Classroom Techniques, Higher Education, Laboratory Equipment
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Huppert, Jehuda; And Others – American Biology Teacher, 1992
Describes a high school biology course that utilizes the science-technology-society approach. The course developed from research findings that high school students are interested in learning about themselves--mainly their bodies. Evaluation of the program revealed that it was successful in accomplishing learning objectives. (PR)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Integrated Curriculum, Science and Society
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Leonard, William; And Others – American Biology Teacher, 1988
Presents some strategies that have been used to overcome problems in instructional areas of introductory biology programs. Focuses on maintaining an emphasis on inquiry, developing the process of science, the design of process laboratory activities, reducing cookbook laboratory orientation, and educating staff. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Higher Education, Introductory Courses
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Cherif, Abour H. – American Biology Teacher, 1988
Discusses the main objectives of ecohistory and sources of information for this study. Details five themes that are important for students to know about the history of ecology including the history of Earth, fauna and flora, the human species, human civilization, and changes in the human environment. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Ecology, Environmental Education
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Moore, Randy, Ed. – American Biology Teacher, 1990
Presented is a brief review of the literature concerned with student evaluation of teaching. The interpretation of the results of these evaluations as well as suggestions for designing a useful instrument are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Assessment, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education
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Hurd, Paul DeHart – American Biology Teacher, 1989
Discussed are the needs and objectives that should be evolving in biology education to meet the needs of modern students. Stressed are the principles of curriculum integration, relevance, cultural fitness, and adaptation. Directions for educational reform are described. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy
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Lockard, James O. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
Described is a program in which elementary school students visit high school biology classes and are taught by the high school students. Discussed are requirements, costs, materials, curriculum, preparation of student instructors, sequence of events, facilities, and program advantages. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Cross Age Teaching, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Kendler, Barry S.; Pirone, Dominick J. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
Procedures for safely identifying, preparing and consuming edible plants in the outdoors are provided. Listed are edible plants, references, sources of recipes, nutrient content, and toxic plants. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, Botany, College Science, Environmental Education
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Laferriere, Joseph E. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
The concept of paraphyly is defined and its importance in the teaching of evolution and taxonomy is discussed. Examples are included to illustrate this concept. A list of 14 references is provided. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Classification, College Science
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Hanegan, James L.; McKean, Heather R. – American Biology Teacher, 1989
The construction of a wooden model of the musculoskeletal system which can be used to investigate the physical properties of muscles without sacrificing laboratory animals is presented. Six activities are included with answers. Additional activities are suggested. (CW)
Descriptors: Anatomy, Biological Sciences, Biology, College Science
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Bell, Rebecca – American Biology Teacher, 1989
Presented is a unit plan designed to allow students to thoroughly investigate a human body system through a series of learning activities, and to teach the body system to other students using the products of their research. Methods, objectives, and an evaluation of the unit are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Educational Objectives, Gifted
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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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