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Table 2.
Summary and analysis of selected learning resources available for teaching cellular respiration and photosynthesis in the classroom.
Example resources:AdvantagesDisadvantages
Fisher Scientific (catalog # S98808 and # S02447), Molecular modeling kits Interactive and visual; ready to use; includes teacher guide and all necessary supplies. Cost of kit; lack of complexity and flexibility; some kits do not address energy transformation; some kits do not integrate both processes. 
Carolina Biological (item # 746500 and # 746478 ), Molecular modeling kits Interactive and visual; includes teacher guide and all necessary supplies. Cost of kit; lack of complexity and flexibility; some kits do not address energy transformation; do not integrate both processes. 
Science Take-out (sciencetakeout.com, Catalog # STO-122), Printout with worksheets and student handouts Interactive and visual; includes teacher guide and all necessary supplies. Cost of handouts; lack of complexity and flexibility; energy transformation not integrated in simulated activity. 
Cellular Respiration explored, Sim Bio, computer module Data driven; interactive with student questions and feedback; tested for effectiveness; relevant context. Substantial cost; computer access required; less flexible and more focus on process; does not integrate both processes. 
Videos—examples include BioFlix with Campbell, youtube videos Observe whole process with realistic molecular visualizations. Some videos are not interactive with student questions; do not specifically address energy and matter conversions; often do not integrate both processes. 
Case studies—such as sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/files/cellular_respiration.pdf Relevant context for students; data driven; interactive with questions instructor materials. Focus on specifics of process and steps rather than matter/energy cycling; does not integrate the both processes. 
Example resources:AdvantagesDisadvantages
Fisher Scientific (catalog # S98808 and # S02447), Molecular modeling kits Interactive and visual; ready to use; includes teacher guide and all necessary supplies. Cost of kit; lack of complexity and flexibility; some kits do not address energy transformation; some kits do not integrate both processes. 
Carolina Biological (item # 746500 and # 746478 ), Molecular modeling kits Interactive and visual; includes teacher guide and all necessary supplies. Cost of kit; lack of complexity and flexibility; some kits do not address energy transformation; do not integrate both processes. 
Science Take-out (sciencetakeout.com, Catalog # STO-122), Printout with worksheets and student handouts Interactive and visual; includes teacher guide and all necessary supplies. Cost of handouts; lack of complexity and flexibility; energy transformation not integrated in simulated activity. 
Cellular Respiration explored, Sim Bio, computer module Data driven; interactive with student questions and feedback; tested for effectiveness; relevant context. Substantial cost; computer access required; less flexible and more focus on process; does not integrate both processes. 
Videos—examples include BioFlix with Campbell, youtube videos Observe whole process with realistic molecular visualizations. Some videos are not interactive with student questions; do not specifically address energy and matter conversions; often do not integrate both processes. 
Case studies—such as sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/files/cellular_respiration.pdf Relevant context for students; data driven; interactive with questions instructor materials. Focus on specifics of process and steps rather than matter/energy cycling; does not integrate the both processes. 
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