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Hallman, Tyler A.; Robinson, W. Douglas – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Species identification is essential to biology, conservation, and management. The ability to focus on specific diagnostic characteristics of a species helps improve the speed and accuracy of identification. Birds are excellent subjects for teaching species identification because, in combination with their different shapes and sizes, their plumages…
Descriptors: Animals, Teaching Methods, Identification, Biodiversity
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Lark, Amy; Richmond, Gail; Pennock, Robert T. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
New science standards and reform recommendations spanning grades K--16 focus on a limited set of key scientific concepts from each discipline that all students should know. They also emphasize the integration of these concepts with science practices so that students learn not only the "what" of science but also the "how" and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Classroom Techniques, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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Bakke, Leanne; Kieke, Michele C.; Krueger, Robert – American Biology Teacher, 2013
In daily life, students are allowed to use words such as "more," "some," or "increase-decrease" to describe the relationship between two events. In science, concise description is necessary, which requires the contribution of math. In the summer component of the Science Research Institute program, students integrated…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Student Research, Inquiry, Biology
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Bass, Christa – American Biology Teacher, 2012
It has become apparent through the work of many researchers and practitioners that adults learn differently than their younger counterparts in the educational system. This is especially important to those educators teaching in colleges and universities in the sciences. Biology education in the post-secondary setting is inundated with teachers who…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Instruction, Adult Education
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Lauer, Antje; McConnel, Lonnie; Singh, Navdeep – American Biology Teacher, 2012
We designed a microbiology project that fully engaged undergraduate biology students, high school students, and their teachers in a summer research program as part of the Research Education Vitalizing Science University Program conducted at California State University Bakersfield. Modern molecular biological methods and microscopy were used to…
Descriptors: Biology, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Identification
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Pu, Rongsun – American Biology Teacher, 2010
This article describes how to use protein extraction, quantification, and analysis in the undergraduate teaching laboratory to engage students in inquiry-based, discovery-driven learning. Detailed instructions for obtaining proteins from animal tissues, using BCA assay to quantify the proteins, and data analysis are provided. The experimental…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Laboratory Equipment, Data Analysis, Biology
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Lennox, John; Ashe, Jeffrey – American Biology Teacher, 2009
In a climate of increased concern for the environment and its protection, teachers in disciplines as diverse as biology, microbiology, environmental studies, and environmental engineering may be seeking teaching materials and laboratory exercises that will enable them to introduce these new concepts into their classrooms and laboratories. The…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Environmental Education, Laboratories, Microbiology
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Sparkes, Timothy C.; Mills, Colleen M.; Volesky, Lisa; Talkington, Jennifer; Brooke, Joanna – American Biology Teacher, 2008
A laboratory-based exercise that demonstrates mechanisms underlying leaf degradation in streams. Students examine the effects of "leaf conditioning" on the feeding behavior of invertebrate shredders. The exercise is completed in two sessions and can be adapted to both high school and college levels.
Descriptors: High Schools, Higher Education, Science Laboratories, Ecology
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Staddon, William – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Almost three decades ago, the birth of Louise Brown in England marked the beginning of the "in vitro" fertilization (IVF) era. IVF is done to overcome infertility problems that some couples experience. Sperm and eggs are collected and fertilized in the lab. ("In vitro" means "in glass" and is used to refer to…
Descriptors: Identification, Genetics, Foreign Countries, Ethics
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Hoh, Yin Kiong; Boo, Hong Kwen – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Human beings vary in their responses to the drugs prescribed to them. These variations can be due to differences in their age, gender, weight, health status, diet, concurrent therapy and genetic make-up. Recently, it has been estimated that 85% of a patient's response to drugs is due to the genetic make-up of the individual (Snedden, 1999).…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ethics, Science and Society, Genetics
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Kurowski, Scotia; Reiss, Rebecca – American Biology Teacher, 2007
This article describes a forensic DNA science laboratory exercise for advanced high school and introductory college level biology courses. Students use a commercial genotyping kit and genetic analyzer or gene sequencer to analyze DNA recovered from a fictitious crime scene. DNA profiling and STR genotyping are outlined. DNA extraction, PCR, and…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Persuasive Discourse, Biology, Privacy
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Skendzic, Elizabeth M.; Mossman, Catherine A. – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Many plant biologists claim that there is a tremendous bias towards the study of animals in science curricula, however, there is even less attention given to topics on fungi. On average, Biology laboratory manuals will have only one fungi exercise, and most of the time, it is mainly descriptive. As we developed this exercise we realized how much…
Descriptors: Laboratory Manuals, Advanced Placement, Biology, Science Instruction
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Gooran, Deena; Braude, Stan – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Human Biology courses are typically offered for non-biology majors who, like students in high school biology courses, have varying degrees of motivation and background. The primary focus is on explaining the biology behind human health and disease, but human ecology, human evolution, and human genetics may also be covered. Hence, Human Biology…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Ecology
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Krist, Amy C.; Showsh, Sasha A. – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Evolution is typically measured as a change in allele or genotype frequencies over one or more generations. Consequently, evolution is difficult to show experimentally in a semester-long lab course because most organisms have longer generation times than 15 weeks. In this article, the authors present an experiment to demonstrate and study…
Descriptors: Evolution, Microbiology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Rutledge, Michael L.; Sadler, Kim C. – American Biology Teacher, 2007
The Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution (MATE) instrument was initially designed to assess high school biology teachers' acceptance of evolutionary theory. To determine if the MATE instrument is reliable with university students, it was administered to students in a non-majors biology course (n = 61) twice over a 3-week period.…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Biology, Evolution, College Students
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