The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 8, October

A (1)-(2)-(3) Jumpstart Approach to Answer an Open-Ended Question
The National Science Education Standards promote the use of effective communication skills for the development of scientific literacy through appropriate application of scientific terms and concepts (National Research Council, 1996, p. 22). Writing...
An Ecology of Mind: Remember the Future
(DVD, 2011, by Nora Bateson, Bullfrog Films, 60 minutes, http://www.anecologyofmind.com) This homage to scientist, psychologist, and cyberneticist Gregory Bateson was produced and directed by his daughter, Nora. Gregory Bateson, who was the son...
Assessment of an ELISA Laboratory Exercise
Immunology is one of the most important fields of study in biology, but it is also one of the most complicated because of the intricate biochemical and cellular mechanisms involved. Immunological probes (antibodies, antigens) provide important tools...
Issue-Oriented Science: Using Socioscientific Issues to Engage Biology Students
Should genetically modified foods be more tightly regulated? What should be done about the issue of antibiotic resistance? Where should environmental conservation efforts be focused? In today's global society with science and technology advancing at...
Micro-Eukaryote Diversity in Freshwater Ponds That Harbor the Amphibian Pathogen Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis (Bd)
To spark an interest in biology for students in K-12 institutions and beyond, it is important to bring current research topics into the classroom. Freshwater environments such as ponds are ideal for making students aware of the diversity and complex...
Modeling Protein Structure & Function: Pencil Transferase
The interrelationship of structure and function is a key theme of biology. One important example of this relationship involves how the three-dimensional shapes of proteins are related to the roles they play at the cellular level. The treatment of protein...
Plant Reproduction & the Pollen Tube Journey-How the Females Lure the Males
Sexual reproduction is one of the most important features in the life cycle of higher plants. In contrast to animals, plant fertilization is based on the interplay between multicellular haploid gametophytes. The life cycle of land plants alternates...
The Harry Potter Box: Demonstrating the Importance of Challenging Assumptions during the Scientific Process
Some of the most pivotal experimental discoveries in biology have resulted when scientists used new data to disprove previous assumptions. Would DNA replication be understood if Watson and Crick had not disputed Linus Pauling's theory of a triple helix...
The Next Generation of Science Standards: Implications for Biology Education
In the time since the first national standards for science education were released in the mid- to late 1990s, biology advances have included the June 2000 announcement that a majority of the human genome had been sequenced. The completed sequence was...
This Month's Feature Article & a New ABT Department
This month's editorial is an opportunity for me to point out two important entries in this issue. The first is Rodger Bybee's Feature Article on the next generation of national biology standards. Many NABT members know Rodger as an active biology educator,...
Time for Homework on Vision & Change
With conference at the end of the month, I can feel the excitement building. Conference is a time for professional development with a personal touch--we have the opportunity to visit face-to-face with colleagues whom we have known for years or have...
What Is the Link between Eating, Reproducing, & Addiction?
The Brain Reward System We are wired with the drive to stay alive with a system that makes it pleasurable for us to eat, to seek shelter, and to reproduce. The problem is that addictive substances can subvert these same processes that were intended...
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