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de Beer, Josef; Whitlock, Elrina – American Biology Teacher, 2009
The whole world was united in its condemnation of the pre-1994 apartheid regime in South Africa. Apartheid meant that many South Africans were robbed of their democratic voices and cultural identities. In this article, the authors pose the question: Are you guilty of "knowledge apartheid" in your biology classroom? Does every student have a voice…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Racial Segregation, Biological Sciences, Foreign Countries
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Viney, Mike – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Efforts to enact balanced treatment laws represent an attempt to wedge the supernatural into scientific explanations. Current attempts to displace methodological naturalism from science indicate a need to make the nature of science a central theme in our instruction. This article utilizes constructivist listening to introduce students to five…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Evolution, Scientific Principles, Epistemology
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Pierce, Benjamin A.; Honeycutt, Brenda B. – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Probability is an essential tool for understanding heredity and modern genetics, yet many students have difficulty with this topic due to the abstract and quantitative nature of the subject. To facilitate student learning of probability in genetics, we have developed a set of hands-on, cooperative activities that allow students to determine…
Descriptors: Heredity, Learning Activities, Genetics, Statistical Analysis
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Flammer, Larry – American Biology Teacher, 2006
Surveys reveal that many in our society have an inadequate and inaccurate understanding of evolution (Alters & Alters, 2001). Much of this can be traced directly to popular misconceptions about the nature of science. This, in turn, can be linked to misrepresentation by those opposed to evolution, although inadequate or ineffective treatment by ill…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Conflict, Misconceptions
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Seethaler, Sherry – American Biology Teacher, 2005
Science controversy has the potential to reinforce students' understanding of important biological concepts as well as helping students forge connections between concepts they may have previously seen disparate. Science controversy has the potential to help students make cross-disciplinary connections and therefore it should become an integral…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Allchin, Douglas – American Biology Teacher, 2005
Computer programs and models are used to express respect for life by not sacrificing any animal but these alternatives might be deeply flawed. Alternatives to dissection are perverse alternatives that tend to preserve the features of inappropriate dissections like destructiveness, reductionism and objectification.
Descriptors: Laboratory Procedures, Animals, Science Instruction, Biology
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Cardellini, Liberato – American Biology Teacher, 2005
A well-known educator and researcher Anton E. Lawson highlights critical points on effective teaching, meaningful learning, and problem solving. He feels that every citizen should know that science is a collective enterprise that seeks to explain nature based on the open generation and test of ideas.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Biology, Science Teachers
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Gerber, D. Timothy; Reineke, David M. – American Biology Teacher, 2005
Different simple and inexpensive ways of building a database using common computer software and data from local newspaper are presented. Creating one's own database provides an opportunity to discuss ethical issues in data collection as well as data integrity.
Descriptors: Databases, Computer Software, Data Collection, Database Design
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Scharmann, Lawrence C. – American Biology Teacher, 2005
A proactive instructional strategy for teaching evolution, which consists of the use of small group and peer discussion, is presented. While teaching about evolution, the teachers should consider and address the needs of the students and see the practical implications of the evolutionary theory by overcoming apprehension, misunderstanding and…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Evolution, Science Teachers, Peer Teaching
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Allchin, Douglas – American Biology Teacher, 2005
William Harvey's discovery of the presence of capillaries and the role played by them without actually seeing them highlights his power of observation and logic. However, his perspective could not be considered as new since he had adopted his disposition for ocular demonstration from Aristotle and Galen.
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Logical Thinking, Biology, Science Education
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Sass, Michell E.; Wong, Susan J.; Miller, Jon S.; Nienhuis, James – American Biology Teacher, 2004
Micropipetting is an important skill that plays a very active and critical role in the molecular biology laboratory. It is imperative for a person handling micropipettor to know the correct way of using it so that accurate and precise results are achieved.
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Molecular Biology, Skill Development, Laboratory Equipment
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Cooper, Robert A. – American Biology Teacher, 2004
Focusing on specific modes of evolutionally inquiry is important for students to achieve a mature understanding about evolutionary biology. Presenting evolution as rhetoric of conclusions would only confuse the minds of students.
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Inquiry, History
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Barbatt, Natalie M. – American Biology Teacher, 2004
A group exercise, suggested to be most effective when used near the semester-end, enables entry-level students to appreciate the application of plant biology and makes botany labs experimental. It is believed that this series of labs helps students to appreciate their own learning when they teach and explain things to others.
Descriptors: Botany, Biology, Experiential Learning, Science Experiments
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Beardsley, Paul M. – American Biology Teacher, 2004
The conflict between the standards for student learning in evolution and what students actually learn is highlighted. It is vital that standards be written so that the outlined goals are practically attainable, as are used to design the state tests, and the standards for each grade level are written to coincide with results from the educational…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Evolution, Academic Standards, Achievement Tests
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Proulx, Gilbert – American Biology Teacher, 2004
Knowledge and skills to deal with current environmental issues should be included in biology teaching, which involves classroom debate that is ideal to develop knowledge. Increasing students' participation, acquiring interpersonal and oral communication skills and developing better understanding are some of the advantages of debates in the…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Debate, Critical Thinking, Environmental Education
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