On the basis of an ethnobotanical survey that we conducted on plant use by descendents of the Khoi-San people in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, we introduce biology teachers to an adapted rapid-appraisal methodology that can be followed in the life sciences classroom. Such a project addresses a number of the content standards in the National Science Education Standards, such as science as a human endeavour, the nature of science, and the history of science. We also shed light on ethical considerations when engaging in an ethnobotanical survey, and address, among other issues, intellectual property rights. Examples are provided of how teachers in the United States can sensitize students to the rich ethnobotanical heritage of their country.
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Research Article| February 01 2011
Doing an Ethnobotanical Survey in the Life Sciences Classroom
Josef de Beer,
The American Biology Teacher (2011) 73 (2): 90–97.
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Josef de Beer, Ben-Erik van Wyk; Doing an Ethnobotanical Survey in the Life Sciences Classroom. The American Biology Teacher 1 February 2011; 73 (2): 90–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.2.7
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