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Kampourakis, Kostas; Minelli, Alessandro – American Biology Teacher, 2014
We highlight some important conceptual issues that biologists should take into account when teaching evolutionary biology or communicating it to the public. We first present conclusions from conceptual development research on how particular human intuitions, namely design teleology and psychological essentialism, influence the understanding of…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Science Instruction, Intuition
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Smith, Mike U. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
In a companion article, I discussed recent developments in genetics and the inadequacies of eight common claims made by biology teachers, followed by suggested replacement language for those statements. In the present article, I address nine more claims, about such topics as whether or not most human characteristics are inherited as simple…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Misconceptions, Genetic Disorders
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Drits-Esser, Dina; Malone, Molly; Barber, Nicola C.; Stark, Louisa A. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Epigenetics is the study of how external factors and internal cellular signals can lead to changes in the packaging and processing of DNA sequences, thereby altering the expression of genes and traits. Exploring the epigenome introduces students to environmental influences on our genes and the complexities of gene expression. A supplemental…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Environmental Influences, High School Students
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Worsham, Heather; Diepenbrok, Lauren – American Biology Teacher, 2013
An evaluation of the scientific content in a popular children's movie about bees provides an opportunity for discussion about the sources and consequences of scientific misconceptions.
Descriptors: Entomology, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Films
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Hermann, Ronald S. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
In order to effectively teach evolution to all students, even those resistant to learning evolution, science teachers may question the extent to which religion can legally be discussed in the public high school science classroom. Evolution is taught from a variety of approaches, each of which has legal implications. Four approaches to teaching…
Descriptors: Evolution, Legal Problems, Educational Legislation, Public Schools
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Williams, Michelle; Montgomery, Beronda L.; Manokore, Viola – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Research shows that students face challenges as they learn about genetic inheritance. The challenges could emanate from the fact that genetic inheritance involves unseen processes at different organizational levels. We explored students' understanding of heredity and related concepts such as cells and reproduction using a Web-based Science Inquiry…
Descriptors: Genetics, Internet, Heredity, Middle School Students
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Poli, DorothyBelle; Berenotto, Christopher; Blankenship, Sara; Piatkowski, Bryan; Bader, Geoffrey A.; Poore, Mark – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The video game SPORE was found to hold characteristics that stimulate higher-order thinking even though it rated poorly for accurate science. Interested in evaluating whether a scientifically inaccurate video game could be used effectively, we exposed students to SPORE during an evolution course. Students that played the game reported that they…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Video Games, Science Instruction, Biology
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McComas, William F. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
This article recounts the story of the development of pangenesis, a principle proposed by Charles Darwin to describe the rules of inheritance and the source of new variation, two concepts vital to his proposal of evolution by natural selection. Historical accounts such as this are infrequently included in texts and classroom discussions but can…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Biology, Secondary School Science
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Norflus, Fran – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The author used digital photography to supplement learning of biotechnology by students with a variety of learning styles and educational backgrounds. Because one approach would not be sufficient to reach all the students, digital photography was used to explain the techniques and results to the class instead of having to teach each student…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Science Instruction, College Science, Photography
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Robinson, David L.; Lau, Joann M. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a powerful immunological technique for quantifying small amounts of compounds and has been used in research and clinical settings for years. Although there are laboratory exercises developed to introduce the ELISA technique to students, their ability to promote student learning has not been…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Biology, Science Education, Learning
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Bybee, Rodger W. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The release of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC, 2012) provides the basis for the next generation of science standards. This article first describes that foundation for the life sciences; it then presents a draft standard for natural selection and evolution. Finally, there is a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, National Standards, Biology
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Chung, Hui-Min; Behan, Kristina Jackson – American Biology Teacher, 2010
Authentic assessment exercises are similar to real-world tasks that would be expected by a professional. An authentic assessment in combination with an inquiry-based learning activity enhances students' learning and rehearses them for their future roles, whether as scientists or as informed citizens. Over a period of 2 years, we experimented with…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Performance Based Assessment, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Senter, Phil – American Biology Teacher, 2010
Mainstream scientists often claim that australopithecines such as the specimen nicknamed "Lucy" exhibit anatomy intermediate between that of apes and that of humans and use this as evidence that humans evolved from australopithecines, which evolved from apes. On the other hand, creationists reject evolution and claim that australopithecines are…
Descriptors: Creationism, Anatomy, Science Instruction, Biology
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Billingsley, James; Carlson, Kimberly A. – American Biology Teacher, 2010
Do our genes exclusively control us, or are other factors at play? Epigenetics can provide a means for students to use inquiry-based methods to understand a complex biological concept. Students research and design an experiment testing whether dietary supplements affect the lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster over multiple generations.
Descriptors: Biology, Food, Dietetics, Entomology
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Fowler, Samantha R.; Meisels, Gerry G. – American Biology Teacher, 2010
A survey of Florida teachers reveals many differences in comfort level with teaching evolution according to the state's science teaching standards, general attitudes and beliefs about evolution, and the extent to which teachers are criticized, censured, disparaged, or reprehended for their beliefs about the teaching of evolution.
Descriptors: Evolution, Surveys, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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