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The American Biology Teacher. 2016; 784287–291 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2016.78.4.287
Published: 01 April 2016
... ecological identity of our next generation. Experiences that allowed these individuals to develop an emotional connection to the natural world were an important component of their ecological identity. Coupling outdoor experiences with the development of systemic and ecological thinking skills was also...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2018; 80121–28 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2018.80.1.21
Published: 01 January 2018
... because biological processes function as a system, and understanding how the system functions requires algorithmic thinking and problem-solving skills. © 2018 National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved. Please direct all requests for permission to photocopy...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 816387–394 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.6.387
Published: 01 August 2019
... dilemma confounding science educators . F1000Research , 2 , 4 . Chronic fatigue syndrome pathogen symptom diagnosis human body system critical thinking scientific method © 2019 National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved. Please direct all requests for permission to...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2017; 795387–392 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.5.387
Published: 01 May 2017
... the test results. The teaching strategy lends itself well to critical thinking. Second, the activity reflects the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards ( NRC, 2013 ) and several of the AP Biology Big Ideas by its focus on scientific practices, negative feedback systems, and homeostasis...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2012; 745332–334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.5.8
Published: 01 May 2012
... emphasized by using tree-thinking to analyze the universal phylogenetic tree as the basis of the three-domain system. © 2012 by National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved. Request permission to photocopy or reproduce article content at the University of California Press’s...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2016; 785410–416 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2016.78.5.410
Published: 01 May 2016
...Scott Layton; Jason Belden Engaging students in the process of science to increase learning and critical thinking has become a key emphasis in undergraduate education. Introducing environmental topics, such as the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, into undergraduate courses offers a new...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2015; 779669–675 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.9.4
Published: 01 November 2015
...Xiaowei Tang; Janet Coffey; Daniel M. Levin Scoring rubrics are widely employed across content areas and grade levels, including in high school biology classes. Besides regular external use within accountability systems, educators also have advanced their instructional use inside classrooms. In...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2011; 733156–161 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.3.7
Published: 01 March 2011
... rooted in proportional reasoning. This article presents an activity that is designed (1) to stimulate and foster proportional thinking and (2) to facilitate understanding of how surface area, in the context of biological systems, is a critical and common factor in life-supporting functions. If...
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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
... education. We present a series of student-centered, exploratory activities to help students develop their tree-thinking skills. In these activities, students use complementary phenotypic and molecular data to explore how to build phylogenetic trees and interpret the evolutionary relationships they represent...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 825344–347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.5.344
Published: 01 May 2020
... test questions are trying to measure. Because good practice questions require students to think about material on a variety of different levels, each chapter required one question that fulfilled each of the four lower levels of Bloom's taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply, and Analyze), while the act...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 825296–305 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.5.296
Published: 01 May 2020
... gaps by discussing the hidden molecular level explicitly. For example, instructors could create new diagrams that incorporate all levels (see Figure 7 ). This inclusion of multiple DNA levels may (1) help students recognize what makes homologous chromosomes homologous and (2) probe students to think...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 824234–240 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.4.234
Published: 01 April 2020
... decision-making processes involving aspects of science. If we equip students with the needed 21st-century learning and thinking skills and the respective knowledge, they will be able to generate and evaluate statements and opinions in debates concerning controversial socio-scientific topics. We can...
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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
... collective findings. Reflecting on research through writing and discussion has been demonstrated to increase students' critical thinking skills in inquiry-based laboratory contexts ( Gupta et al., 2015 ). Reflections may focus on inconsistencies in findings across groups and potential explanations, study...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 824227–233 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.4.227
Published: 01 April 2020
..., the instructor must confirm that the thermal camera's operating system matches the smartphone's operating system. Live animals. Many college biology laboratories or classrooms have “class pets” that fall into either the endothermic or the ectothermic category. We used readily available outreach...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 824201–208 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.4.201
Published: 01 April 2020
... students in authentic research as part of a laboratory classroom experience ( https://www.qcc.cuny.edu/ur ). Benjamin Cardozo High School ( https://www.cardozohigh.com ), a community school with ~3500 students in grades 9–12, is renowned for its academic excellence and extensive support system designed...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 823181–183 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.3.181b
Published: 01 March 2020
... the thoughts of scientists as they ask questions and seek answers, sometimes reaching dead ends, other times reaching new ideas, and feeling excitement from these accomplishments, despite often facing skepticism from other scientists. When people think about human body systems, most think of the...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 823175–177 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.3.175
Published: 01 March 2020
... students to apply skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration, which have been identified as 21st-century workplace competencies ( Burke, 2017 ). This activity is designed for second-semester anatomy and physiology students at a two-year college, but it could also be used in an...
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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
... ). Therefore, students often need support to learn how to reason across levels of organization and to integrate separate parts into dynamic systems. In addition, students may recognize the need to change the way they study or think about these concepts, but may not know what steps to take to improve their...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 823170–175 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.3.170
Published: 01 March 2020
... electrophoresis using the MiniOne gel electrophoresis system (Embitec, San Diego, CA) and a 1% agarose gel. The MiniOne system allows students to view their gel results as electrophoresis is occurring and has a hole at the top of the hood so that students can take pictures of their gels with their cell phones...
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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
.... The Decomposition in Aquatic and Terrestrial Invaded Systems (DATIS) project within the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) offers a good model for examining how to minimize challenges and maximize opportunities associated with classroom use of long-term, collaborative research projects...