The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 8, October

Addressing Nature-of-Science Core Tenets with the History of Science: An Example with Sickle-Cell Anemia & Malaria
For the past two decades, there has been increasing emphasis in science education to facilitate learning of the nature of science (National Research Council, 1996; Osborne et al., 2003). The issues that fall under the domain of nature of science are...
Arabidopsis Ecotypes: A Model for Course Projects in Organismal Plant Biology & Evolution
Here we provide a how-to-do-it model for exploring how a single species can adapt to a variety of climates and, potentially, become a new species. The project involves the use of ecotypes of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) and integrates biology,...
Daring Botany
I have just turned 60 and have decided to begin an exploration of the plant world. This is really an embarrassing thing to admit: that I've been a biologist for 40 years and I've finally turned my attention to the organisms responsible for life on...
Do We Need Another Sputnik?
This October 4th marks the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. The Soviet satellite amplified America's Cold War fears and stimulated a public and political response. Sputnik culminated years of criticism centering on Progressive education and expanded the...
From the President
Dear Biology Educator, Is teaching a profession? According to Microsoft Word, a profession is "an occupation that requires extensive education or specialized training." My copy of Webster's Dictionary (Copyright 1972) elaborates with "a calling...
Fuzzy Data Sets
The picture on the cover of The American Biology Teacher for January 2007 (by Martin Shields)* could serve as an icon for teachers of genetics. Four phenotypic classes of seeds from four varieties of peas are shown: yellow, round; yellow, wrinkled;...
Genes & Inheritance
Genes & Inheritance. (2005). CDROM. Distributed by Biozone International Ltd., PO Box 13-034, Hamilton, New Zealand. The cost is $299.95, which includes a comprehensive site license. (Note that this CD-ROM is also available in a Genetics &...
Teaching Biodiversity to Students in Inner City & Under-Resourced Schools
The natural world is very different today than it was 10,000 or even 1,000 years ago. Every natural ecosystem on the globe has been altered, many severely, as a consequence of rapid increases in human population size and the expansion of human habitation...
The Bioinformatic Enhancement of Exercises in Drosophila Genetics
Bioinformatics is a rapidly expanding field that incorporates applications from computer science (e.g., data retrieval) with biological investigations (e.g., nucleotide and amino acid sequence analysis) (Mount, 2004). Several introductory textbooks...
The Natural Selection: Identifying & Correcting Non-Science Student Preconceptions through an Inquiry-Based, Critical Approach to Evolution
The current cultural and political climate make evolution a difficult subject to approach in a manner that encourages critical thinking, even though the National Science Education Standards emphasize inquiry-based learning. Further, while many studies...