Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

Doing Biology

Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

Doing Biology

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Doing Biology [c] 1996 Joel Hagen, Douglas Allchin, & Fred Singer

National standards and many states' curriculum frameworks now refer to teaching of the "history and nature of science." The SHIPS (Sociology, History and the Philosophy of Science) Resource Center at the University of Minnesota has sought to provide classroom resources that address these content standards. One of those resources is the recently released Doing Biology CD and companion Web site (http://www. doingbiology.net). The Web site states:

   We present 17 historical cases
   studies in a guided inquiry format.
   We have aimed to address
   several proposals for reforming
   science education. Textbooks
   teach biological content. We
   want students learn more: about
   the history and nature of science,
   about science in practice....

Doing Biology is a textbook disguised as a digital resource. The CD is organized into 17 chapters. Each chapter features a PDF of one of the chapters from the 1996 release of the Doing Biology textbook. The CD and associated Web site are virtually identical. The resource is user friendly, with easy-to-follow links to each chapter's PDF. An index of science "themes" is provided to assist teaching by linking scientific ideas to specific stories. For example, the idea "burden of proof is visited in chapters 6, 12, and 17. The Web site displays a table of contents with individual scientists' stories arranged in four broad headings: Evolution & Diversity, Cellular Biology, Organismal Biology, and Ecology & Behavior. …

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