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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (8): 635–641.
Published: 01 October 2016
...Marin E. Silva; April C. Maskiewicz We used a design-based research approach to develop “data-rich problem” (DRP) tasks intended to support middle and high school students in constructing knowledge about food webs and ecosystem dynamics, specifically the effects of species loss. The marine...
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The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (6): 408–414.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Joshua S. White; April C. Maskiewicz Using a design-based research approach, we developed a data-rich problem (DRP) set to improve student understanding of cellular respiration at the ecosystem level. The problem tasks engage students in data analysis to develop biological explanations. Several of...
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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (1): 53–57.
Published: 01 January 2020
... the practices of scientists. These classes are primarily taught by graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), who often lack the pedagogical training necessary to plan for and support students' intellectual engagement in rich science tasks that require deep engagement in the practices of science and the...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (9): 649–657.
Published: 01 December 2019
... tasked students with examining the camera trap data to identify and tally animals recorded in the study site. Additionally, students used a dichotomous key to identify invertebrates collected in the pitfall traps. Students calculated the three different metrics of diversity (species richness, Simpson...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (8): 582–584.
Published: 01 October 2019
... number of lateral roots present on each plant. Total student time for this task is ~30 minutes. Data from the entire class are then used to construct a graph representing the mean number of lateral roots per plant for each phosphate concentration. Figure 1 shows the growth of Fast Plant and kale...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (7): 513–519.
Published: 01 September 2019
... University during the implementation of the CAB WTL model and helped with organizing, collating, and/or grading assignments. We thank Shireen Alemadi, Phillip King, and Molly Gareis at Minnesota State University Moorhead, who assisted in organizing and collating the assignments. All data were collected in...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (5): 366–371.
Published: 01 May 2019
...) populations change over time as a result of environmental disturbances by simulating the effects on population data. These classroom population changes are then compared to authentic research data collected on populations of M. arenaria. This activity was implemented at three institutions in introductory- and...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (4): 256–268.
Published: 01 April 2019
... effects of biochar on plant growth and soil respiration. Biochar is a carbon-rich material, produced by heating organic matter under limited oxygen, that is added to soils to improve fertility, to promote plant growth, and as one possible strategy to help mitigate climate change. The experiments offer an...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (1): 20–26.
Published: 01 January 2019
... are encouraging as they suggest that valuable comparisons could potentially be made between the rich data sets found in the IMI and MSLQ literature. However, additional studies are needed using different classes, cohorts, and institutions to determine typical results for different classes, disciplines...
Includes: Supplementary data
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (1): 12–17.
Published: 01 January 2019
... Tierra is a text-based ecology and evolution simulator first developed in 1994 by Thomas S. Ray ( Ray, 1994 ; Ray & Hart, 1999 ). It demonstrates coevolution, population equilibrium problems, and natural selection. It has a command line interface, which may intimidate some students unaccustomed to...
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (8): 578–583.
Published: 01 October 2018
... an effective way to motivate student learning ( Kember et al., 2008 ). Teachers should not only emphasize the gains in disciplinary content knowledge as a result of the PS experience, but also gains in skills such as communication, problem solving, data analysis, and the ability to apply knowledge...
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (5): 331–338.
Published: 01 May 2018
... and Technology , 13 ( 1 ), 95 – 105 . Schollum, B. W. ( 1983 ). Arrows in science diagrams: Help or hindrance for pupils? Research in Science Education , 13 , 45 – 59 . Silva, M. E. , & Maskiewicz, A. C. ( 2016 ). Understanding the relationships in food webs using “Data-Rich...
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (5): 359–364.
Published: 01 May 2018
... discussion on the role of human activity on ecosystem stability and biodiversity. Table 2. Table of class data for plant species richness in different habitats, measured by number of plant types. The number of plant types found in the specified habitat from all student groups was averaged...
Includes: Supplementary data
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (5): 379–384.
Published: 01 May 2018
... core concepts in biology, but also for its rich nature of science and science practices. The lab procedure of the original experiment was modified to be accessible to secondary biology teachers and students. A detailed lab manual and task sheet are available...
Includes: Supplementary data
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (3): 221–226.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., request further elaboration, refine a research question or engineering problem, or challenge the interpretation of a data set-for example: How do you know? What evidence supports that argument?” (2012, p. 55). These questions could include but are not limited to: How do you know it's a “she” and not a “he...
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The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (7): 578–583.
Published: 01 September 2017
... to them. The paper/poster that the groups develop should depict the problem and its solution. Here we will describe our own experimental procedure: This CER activity could lead to rich discussions that can reveal either true understanding of the parameters of the investigation—ethylene pathways...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (9): 785–789.
Published: 01 November 2016
... or Not to Key: A New Key to Simplify & Improve the Accuracy of Insect Identification ............. 8:626-F Understanding Causal Relationships in Food Webs Using “Data-Rich ProblemTasks .................. 8:635-F Reading Fiction in Biology Class to Enhance Scientific Literacy...
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The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (1): 55–61.
Published: 01 January 2017
..., identifying the dependent and independent variables. Students should make valid conclusions based on the data obtained. What is puzzling about what you read? What are possible explanations (hypotheses) How might these explanations be tested? (Design an experiment to test your hypothesis...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (9): 733–738.
Published: 01 November 2016
...., 2011 ). For each activity, students are presented with observations or problems and then participate in structured and self-directed programs that include background reading, collection of data, and synthesis of results ( Barrows, 1996 ; Wood, 2003 ; Gijbels et al., 2005 ; Barrett, 2010 ; Schmidt...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (6): 502–508.
Published: 01 August 2016
... components: Purpose (which includes background information, hypothesis under investigation, and scientific reasoning), Materials, Procedure, Data Interpretation, and References (using a standard “protocol” format). Algal cells will be counted initially and again after seven days. Conduct the experiment as...