The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 4, April

A Role-Playing Exercise That Demonstrates the Process of Evolution by Natural Selection: Caching Squirrels in a World of Pilferers
ABSTRACT We introduce a strategic role-playing exercise that is based on the)act that the strategies animals use in storing food for periods of famine differ in the degree to which the cache is successfully relocated and defended from pilferers....
Building Creative Scientists in the Classroom Laboratory: Applications for Animal Behavior Experiments
ABSTRACT In this animal behavior laboratory, designed to promote a discovery-based approach to laboratory teaching, students first observe the study organism, which elves them the opportunity to decide what behaviors interest them. They work collaboratively...
Earth Day
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January and February 1969, the largest oil spill in U.S. waters to that time occurred near the city of Santa Barbara, California. For 11 days, an estimated 3 million gallons of crude oil spread into an 800-square-mile slick...
Fostering Students' Inquiry Skills: Developmental Time & Offspring Rates of Flour Beetles
ABSTRACT Tribolium castanaeum is a widespread insect in temperate regions. Because of its short generation time and easy handling, it serves as a model organism for various scientific questions. However, T. castanaeum, or its larger-sized relative...
Language & Biodiversity
Sometimes coincidences occur, and last spring, I happened to find two books on language in the same evening: Walking English by David Crystal (2007) and The Tree of Meaning by Robert Bringhurst (2008). In some ways, they are similar. Both authors are...
Teaching Cultural & Botanical Connections: Ethnobotany with Tea
ABSTRACT Engaging students in ethnobotanical concepts can be a challenge if you present the topic as a straight lecture. I used the art of brewing tea, accompanied by numerous herbals (books), to impress upon my students how people have learned...
Teaching Principles of Experimental Design While Testing Optimal Foraging Theory
ABSTRACT We describe a simple field study that we have found useful in introducing students to experimental design. Students manipulate the nutritive gain available from flowers to test the hypothesis that the foraging behavior of nectarivorous...
The Power of Plants: Introducing Ethnobotany & Biophilia into Your Biology Class
ABSTRACT We examine the interdisciplinary nature of ethnobotany from a broad perspective and consider its application to the biology classroom and lab. The concept o/ biophilia and students' relationships with plants are integral components. Botanical...
The Relation of High School Biology Courses & Students' Religious Beliefs to College Students' Knowledge of Evolution
ABSTRACT We examined how college students' knowledge of evolution is associated with their self-described religious beliefs and the evolution-related content of their high school biology courses. On average, students entering college know little...
The Truth about Models: How Well Do Mechanical Models Mimic the Observed Gender Distributions in Two-Child Families?
ABSTRACT We question the use of mechanical models, such as coin flipping, to represent the probabilities of gender distributions in sibship families consisting of two children. Both the assumptions of the models and the reliability of the data should...
Why Should Our Students Study Animal Behavior?
Studying animal behavior in the classroom is an excellent way to teach the nature and process of science. As a discipline, animal behavior is particularly well suited to facilitate integrative study and encourage students to make curricular connections....
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