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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
As a foundational evolutionary concept, the Hardy-Weinberg principle should be taught enthusiastically in introductory biology courses. In a companion Perspectives paper, I made the case that students are often given limited or incorrect information on the HW principle due to a lack of mastery or confidence on the part of their teachers. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Evolution, Vignettes, Introductory Courses
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
The Hardy-Weinberg principle (HWP) is a fundamental model upon which much of the discipline of population genetics is based. Despite its significance, students often leave introductory biology courses with only a shallow understanding of the use and implications of the HWP. I contend that this deficiency in student comprehension is too-often a…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Teaching Methods, Genetics
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Darling, Randi – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Evolution is a unifying concept within biology. In fact, Dobzhansky, a noted evolutionary biologist, argued, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" (Dobzhansky, 1973). However, often students have misconceptions about evolution. There are a number of available activities where students use tools (representing…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Scientific Concepts, Inquiry
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Infanti, Lynn M.; Wiles, Jason R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
This investigation evaluated the effects of exposure to the "Evo in the News" section of the "Understanding Evolution" website on students' attitudes toward biological evolution in undergraduates in a mixed-majors introductory biology course at Syracuse University. Students' attitudes toward evolution and changes therein were…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Science Instruction, Control Groups
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Stover, Shawn K.; McArthur, Laurence B.; Mabry, Michelle L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Although evidence supporting anthropogenic global warming and evolution by natural selection is considerable, the public does not embrace these concepts. The current study explores the hypothesis that individuals will become more receptive to scientific viewpoints if evidence for evolution and implications of global warming are presented as issues…
Descriptors: Climate, Evolution, Public Health, Evidence
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Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
A complete understanding of life involves how organisms are able to function in their environment and how they arise. Understanding how organisms arise involves both their evolution and development. Thus to completely comprehend living things, biology must study their function, development and evolution. Previous proposals for standardized…
Descriptors: Ecology, Required Courses, Biology, Curriculum Design
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Gillie, Lynn; Bizub, Anne L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
The study of evolutionary theory and fieldwork in animal behavior is enriched when students leave the classroom so they may test their abilities to think and act like scientists. This article describes a course on evolutionary theory and animal behavior that blended on campus learning with field experience in the United States and in Ecuador and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Evolution, Animals, Animal Behavior
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Hill, Brent J. F.; Goodman, Ian; Moran, William M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
Most undergraduate physiology texts describe veins simply as reservoirs for blood and conduits for return of blood to the heart. This article describes a laboratory exercise that can be performed by students to demonstrate that veins are much more than reservoirs and conduits for blood flow: they possess a dynamic rhythmic contraction. In this…
Descriptors: Metabolism, Physiology, Scoring, Human Body
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Shumate, Alice M.; Windsor, Aaron J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
The increase in publications presenting molecular evolutionary analyses and the availability of comparative sequence data through resources such as NCBI's GenBank underscore the necessity of providing undergraduates with hands-on sequence analysis skills in an evolutionary context. This need is particularly acute given that students have been…
Descriptors: Evolution, Computer Software, Genetics, Laboratories
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Naples, Virginia L.; Miller, Jon S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Understanding homology is fundamental to learning about evolution. The present study shows an exercise that can be varied in complexity, for which students compile research illustrating the fate of homologous fish skull elements, and assemble a mural to serve as a learning aid. The skull of the most primitive living Actinopterygian (bony fish),…
Descriptors: Evolution, Fundamental Concepts, Animals, Anatomy
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Benson, David; Atlas, Pierre; Haberski, Raymond; Higgs, Jamie; Kiley, Patrick; Maxwell, Michael, Jr.; Mirola, William; Norton, Jamey – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
As perhaps the most encompassing idea in biology, evolution has impacted not only science, but other academic disciplines as well. The broad, interdisciplinary impact of evolution was the theme of a course taught at Marian College, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Using a strategy that could be readily adopted at other institutions,…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Wares, John P. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Although molecular clock theory is a commonly discussed facet of evolutionary biology, undergraduates are rarely presented with the underlying information of how this theory is examined relative to empirical data. Here a simple contextual exercise is presented that not only provides insight into molecular clocks, but is also a useful exercise for…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
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Stover, Shawn K.; Mabry, Michelle L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2007
Previous research has demonstrated creationist, Lamarckian, and teleological reasoning in high school and college students. These lines of thinking conflict with the Darwinian notion of natural selection, which serves as the primary catalyst for biological evolution. The current study assessed evolutionary conceptions in non-science majors,…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Evolution, Biology, Liberal Arts
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Vondrasek, Joanna R.; Antonovics, Janis; Taylor, Douglas R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2004
We have developed a laboratory course that demonstrates how evolution can be taught as a participatory, investigative science at the undergraduate college or advanced secondary high school level. The course emphasizes the applied importance of evolution to areas such as medicine and agriculture. Because many instructors face budgetary or other…
Descriptors: Field Instruction, Evolution, Inquiry, Active Learning