High-School Biology Today and Tomorrow

Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Commission on Life Sciences,Committee on High-School Biology Education

Publisher: National Academies

ISBN: 0309040280

Category: Education

Page: 364

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Biology is where many of science's most exciting and relevant advances are taking place. Yet, many students leave school without having learned basic biology principles, and few are excited enough to continue in the sciences. Why is biology education failing? How can reform be accomplished? This book presents information and expert views from curriculum developers, teachers, and others, offering suggestions about major issues in biology education: what should we teach in biology and how should it be taught? How can we measure results? How should teachers be educated and certified? What obstacles are blocking reform?

Fullfiling the Promise

Biology Education in the Nation's Schools

Author: N.A

Publisher: National Academy Press

ISBN: 9780309042437

Category: Science

Page: 152

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Some experts believe that dismal learning experiences in biology classes cause the vast majority of students to miss information that could help them lead healthier lives and make more intelligent decisions as adults. This book offers a vision of what biology education in the schools could be along with practical recommendations on how to make the vision a reality. Chapters include: (1) "Where are We Now? The Motivation for Change"; (2) "Curricular Goals for the Near Future"; (3) "Impediments to Implementing Curricular Change: Texts, Tests, and Classroom Practice"; (4) "Impediments to Implementing Curricular Change: Training and Support of Teachers"; (5) "Recruiting Scientists, Teachers, Technicians, and Physicians"; (6) "Other Modes and Contexts for Teaching Science"; and (7)"Achieving National Goals: Dilemma and Resolution." Appended are an executive summary, a list of 127 references, a set of guidelines for use when handling animals, the "NABT Biology Teaching Standards," the National Science Teachers Association recommendations for teacher preparation and certification, a list of state alternative certification programs, a list of some special science programs, a list of targeted programs for women and minority groups, a list of recommended strategies, and a list of committee members. (CW)

The Philosophy of Biology

A Companion for Educators

Author: Kostas Kampourakis

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400765371

Category: Philosophy

Page: 762

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This book brings together for the first time philosophers of biology to write about some of the most central concepts and issues in their field from the perspective of biology education. The chapters of the book cover a variety of topics ranging from traditional ones, such as biological explanation, biology and religion or biology and ethics, to contemporary ones, such as genomics, systems biology or evolutionary developmental biology. Each of the 30 chapters covers the respective philosophical literature in detail and makes specific suggestions for biology education. The aim of this book is to inform biology educators, undergraduate and graduate students in biology and related fields, students in teacher training programs, and curriculum developers about the current state of discussion on the major topics in the philosophy of biology and its implications for teaching biology. In addition, the book can be valuable to philosophers of biology as an introductory text in undergraduate and graduate courses.

The Sourcebook for Teaching Science, Grades 6-12

Strategies, Activities, and Instructional Resources

Author: Norman Herr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0787972983

Category: Education

Page: 584

View: 4338


A resource for middle and high school teachers offers activities, lesson plans, experiments, demonstrations, and games for teaching physics, chemistry, biology, and the earth and space sciences.

Discipline-Based Education Research

Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering

Author: National Research Council,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Board on Science Education,Committee on the Status, Contributions, and Future Directions of Discipline-Based Education Research

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309254140

Category: Education

Page: 282

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The National Science Foundation funded a synthesis study on the status, contributions, and future direction of discipline-based education research (DBER) in physics, biological sciences, geosciences, and chemistry. DBER combines knowledge of teaching and learning with deep knowledge of discipline-specific science content. It describes the discipline-specific difficulties learners face and the specialized intellectual and instructional resources that can facilitate student understanding. Discipline-Based Education Research is based on a 30-month study built on two workshops held in 2008 to explore evidence on promising practices in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This book asks questions that are essential to advancing DBER and broadening its impact on undergraduate science teaching and learning. The book provides empirical research on undergraduate teaching and learning in the sciences, explores the extent to which this research currently influences undergraduate instruction, and identifies the intellectual and material resources required to further develop DBER. Discipline-Based Education Research provides guidance for future DBER research. In addition, the findings and recommendations of this report may invite, if not assist, post-secondary institutions to increase interest and research activity in DBER and improve its quality and usefulness across all natural science disciples, as well as guide instruction and assessment across natural science courses to improve student learning. The book brings greater focus to issues of student attrition in the natural sciences that are related to the quality of instruction. Discipline-Based Education Research will be of interest to educators, policy makers, researchers, scholars, decision makers in universities, government agencies, curriculum developers, research sponsors, and education advocacy groups.

Graduate College

Catalog, Urbana Departments

Author: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate College

Publisher: N.A


Category: Champaign (Ill.)

Page: N.A

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