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The American Biology Teacher. 2011; 732100–104 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.2.8
Published: 01 February 2011
..., students form hypotheses related to the identity of their unknown, followed by statistical comparison of means to support or refute their original hypotheses. In this way, students gain an appreciation for the activities undertaken by taxonomists that are related to natural variation and classification...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 825333–337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.5.333
Published: 01 May 2020
... the animals used in the “Application” section of the module. The relative branching pattern was established using the online phylogenetic software Phylogeny.fr , based on the DNA sequences for the hemoglobin alpha protein. The original 10 species are indicated in black, and the addition of two...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 824247–255 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.4.247
Published: 01 April 2020
... original coding and statistics materials. Anecdotally, the use of custom swirl courses in all of my biology courses has dramatically enhanced the speed and success with which students learn to implement statistical analyses in R. This curriculum includes two swirl lessons, instructional handouts, and...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 823150–155 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.3.150
Published: 01 March 2020
..., this definition of scaffolding has expanded to include various types of tools that support student learning, but the concept is still connected to the original idea of supporting students to achieve higher levels of performance ( Davis & Miyake, 2004 ; Puntambekar & Hubscher, 2005...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 823142–148 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.3.142
Published: 01 March 2020
...Tracy B. Gartner; Carolyn L. Thomas; Kevin Geedey; Kim Bjorgo-Thorne; Jeffrey A. Simmons; Kathleen L. Shea; Jerald J. Dosch; Craig R. Zimmermann Increasingly, undergraduate institutions are incorporating original research into the curriculum as a matter of best practice. However, while the practice...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 822104–112 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.2.104
Published: 01 February 2020
..., regardless of how life originated. Humans came from monkeys. We share a common ancestor with other primates (i.e., monkeys and apes). Evolution and natural selection are goal-oriented. Natural selection is the result of variation, reproductive success (or failure), and heredity. It has no goal and is...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 822114–119 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.2.114
Published: 01 February 2020
... principles central to understanding the theory of evolution – specifically, how natural selection works. The concepts include biotic potential, carrying capacity, limited resources, limited survival, genetic variation, origin of variation, heritability of variation, differential survival, change in...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 82272–79 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.2.72
Published: 01 February 2020
... puzzlement, because radiocarbon has a half-life too short for measurable amounts of original radiocarbon to remain in fossils that are millions of years old. Taking advantage of the popularity of dinosaurs, young-Earth creationist (YEC) authors now proclaim in an ever-increasing number of books and DVDs that...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 82149–51 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.1.49
Published: 01 January 2020
... regulated and remarkably accurate, errors do occur and result in mutations, which are also a source of genetic variation” (3-LS3, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits). This easy-to-make set can significantly enrich science lessons in a wide range of schools, providing original insights on the...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 818533 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.8.533
Published: 01 October 2019
... for studies of phylogeny. To teach phylogenetic trees, you can use canids or birds, but students are particularly interested if they are tracing the origins of HIV or tuberculosis, or the history of human traits, such as the appendix. Darwin's other question was about why bodies work so well. His...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 818582–584 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.8.582
Published: 01 October 2019
... 7.5. Phosphorus can be lost to soil via erosion. Release of phosphorus from decaying soil organic matter is an important source of input for phosphorus. Describe how lateral roots arise. Lateral root growth is a type of primary plant growth that originates from meristematic cells of the pericycle...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 818561–567 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.8.561
Published: 01 October 2019
...) for this inquiry-based exercise were adapted from the Pacific Education Institute (2015) : Overall, it is important to note that even the best-laid plans to collect field data are often met with unexpected hurdles. Many student groups will realize that their original sampling protocol or research...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 817474–478 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.7.474
Published: 01 September 2019
...: Gateways to Mind and Behavior . Belmont, CA : Wadsworth Cengage Learning . Cromley, J. ( 2006 ). Those gym grunts have a purpose . Los Angeles Times , December 11 . http://articles.latimes.com/2006/dec/11/health/he-grunting11 . Darwin, C. ( 2007 [1859] ). On the Origin of Species by...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 817503–506 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.7.503
Published: 01 September 2019
...) percent bare ground; and (C) vegetation height. Originally native to much of Eurasia, S. tragus has invaded disturbed landscapes throughout much of the western United States, where it is known to “tumble” with the wind across open rangelands and plains. Its widespread distribution, well-understood...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 816417–422 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.6.417
Published: 01 August 2019
... Worksheet 1 (Appendix B). Throughout this activity, five different models may emerge and be discussed. It is especially important that students identify two models (which they typically do). One of these, Rohde determines, is based on “circular explanations” and ultimately does not explain the origins of...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 815317–325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.5.317
Published: 01 May 2019
.... This keeps the discussion open and gives students a chance to further develop and refine their thinking based on the ideas of their peers (10 minutes). The instructor finally displays the original figure, including all of the identifying information that was missing from the first version. Students...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 815352–359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.5.352
Published: 01 May 2019
... asked to reverse its choice back to the original correct side. Such double reversals usually require more time (30 trials/session) than a single class period allows, so such a test would be limited to those students who are conducting the experiment on their own time. It is best to display results...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 814296 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.4.296
Published: 01 April 2019
.... In fact, the usefulness of DNA in understanding the evolution of all angiosperms originated from research on the Asteraceae. Asteraceae is considered an ecologically successful family with species comfortable sharing habitats with humans. They are found growing across a wide range of...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 814242–247 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.4.242
Published: 01 April 2019
...., 2014 ). While this experiment was originally designed to answer part of a larger question regarding the dispersal of a biological control agent in the landscape, it can be presented alone, with the methodology intact, to middle school students as a great introduction to entomology and scientific...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 814256–268 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.4.256
Published: 01 April 2019
... error bars that represent one standard deviation from the mean. [An example of a student graph is given in Figure A2 .] Discussion & Explanation: Offer an explanation for the class results and explain why it is either consistent or inconsistent with your original prediction. What did you...