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The American Biology Teacher. 2017; 792151–155 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.2.151
Published: 01 February 2017
... inland expeditions in South America and write short response papers about the passage, which they then discuss in class. Through this exercise, students gain an appreciation for the diversity of terrestrial habitats and organisms in South America as well as for the young Darwin's interpretations of his...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2015; 775357–362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.5.6
Published: 01 May 2015
...Lisa N. McKernan The challenge of teaching in the sciences is not only conveying knowledge in the discipline, but also developing essential critical thinking, data analysis, and scientific writing skills. I outline an exercise that can be done easily as part of a microbiology laboratory course. It...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2015; 778600–605 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.8.6
Published: 01 October 2015
...Sarah L. Bennett This exercise utilizes nightcrawler decomposition to guide students through the methods of science, including forming hypotheses, conducting an experiment, statistically analyzing data, and writing a lab report in the style of a scientific journal article. Additionally, students...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2011; 737396–400 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.7.5
Published: 01 September 2011
... data, read relevant primary literature, and write a report in the style of a scientific journal article. This exercise satisfies the Science as Inquiry, Life Sciences (Behavior of Organisms, Biological Evolution), and History and Nature of Science (Nature of Scientific Knowledge) content categories of...
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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
..., biological inference, and scientific writing. This comprehensive, ready-to-implement curriculum is suitable for plant biology, botany, and plant ecology courses and is particularly valuable for students with no prior research experience. © 2020 National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved...
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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
... responses are provided in Supplemental Material Appendices D and E. Using an in-class writing prompt, “I am a Streptomyces spore,” the students were asked to trace the steps of the life cycle of this organism. The students completed a group project in which they read primary literature about...
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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
... homework, and (c) lab and lecture quizzes. Annotated Bibliography At the beginning of the semester, students were required to write an annotated bibliography on the topic of fish fraud and fish mislabeling as a lab assignment. This required students to complete a review of scientific literature...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 823188–191 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.3.188
Published: 01 March 2020
... develop a full understanding of the very meaning of control and the significance of “counter-rolls” and comparisons in scientific reasoning. One might well imagine that conditions for an experimental “control” (reasoning from a metaphorical counter-roll) require actually exercising material...
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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
.../datis/ ) provides an opportunity for collaboration and offers an approach for introducing and evaluating long-term ecological processes within the constraints and opportunities present at undergraduate institutions. Because the DATIS decomposition exercise includes both the aquatic and terrestrial...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2010; 729578–579 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2010.72.9.11
Published: 01 November 2010
... University, we ask our students to write true scientific purposes for each laboratory in place of learning objectives. With discussion, feedback, and practice, we find that this simple exercise increases our students' understanding of the material and their ability to write abstracts and solidifies the...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 82118–27 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.1.18
Published: 01 January 2020
... student-centered approaches (e.g., mini-lectures interspersed with small-group exercises, individual and paired writing, personal response pad [clicker] questions, and case studies). The combined recitations/labs met in sections of 16–20 students each, staffed by two undergraduate learning assistants and...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 82130–36 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.1.30
Published: 01 January 2020
... activity and solve the mystery. An example of a pre-reading exercise is Wolfe et al. (2005) , which gives details of emerging zoonotic diseases, including some of the causes. This may be more suited for college-level classes, but sections could be tailored to high school. Another thing that will need...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 819649–657 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.9.649
Published: 01 December 2019
... a critical part of their development as well-rounded, scientifically literate citizens. As part of a collaborative effort between the Biology and Computer Science departments at William & Mary, we sought to develop laboratory exercises that would introduce basic ideas of data analysis while also...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 819658–664 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.9.658
Published: 01 December 2019
... results, and how to write a lab report. Students discuss in small groups the obtained results in relation to the methods used and the hypotheses tested. In summary, the overall outcome of the exercise is to broaden students' ideas and knowledge on the following main topics: (1) the rich microbial...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 819680–685 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.9.680
Published: 01 December 2019
... Potential: An Active-Learning Exercise............................5.373-TT Using Retrospective Research Questions and Database Mining as a Basis for an Inquiry-Based Lab in an Undergraduate Human Physiology Course............................6.449-TT Adapting Writing Assignments on Socioscientific...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 818543–552 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.8.543
Published: 01 October 2019
... perform the lab and observe organisms under the microscope, even if there are no tardigrades. Using the drawing exercises, ask them to draw any moving invertebrates they observe and describe their similarities to and differences from tardigrades. Have students do an easy TimeTree database exercise to...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 818554–560 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.8.554
Published: 01 October 2019
... less patience for doing science during this exercise and may stop writing details before the majors do. Majors may be more motivated to appease or impress the survey distributors – staff and faculty, with whom the students will be engaged over the next several years. However, nonmajors receive a survey...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 817492–501 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.7.492
Published: 01 September 2019
... instructions on how to write a laboratory report that includes all aspects of the exercise (see Table 1 ). Valley Fever Center for Excellence ( https://vfce.arizona.edu ) Valley Fever Epidemic by David and Sharon Filip (ISBN-13: 978-0979869259; https://valleyfeversurvivor.com , http...
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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
...H. Charles Romesburg A classroom exercise is described in which college students take part in creating and supporting an evolutionary hypothesis that explains effort grunting. The exercise holds their interest throughout and readies them to understand hypotheses of animal and plant evolution. It...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 817467–473 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.7.467
Published: 01 September 2019
... demonstrated in previous contests ( Table 1 ). We gave students room to exercise their creativity and imagination, thus keeping the contest interesting. This was an open topic, and we let students themselves define why microbes are “good” or “bad.” The topic greatly stimulated students' imaginations, and they...