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View Resource Obtaining sediment core from Windy Lake in British Columbia

This photograph shows scientists obtaining sediment core, which is useful in studying changes in forest composition, the frequency of forest fires, and climate change over the past 10,000 years. ...

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View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 1 of 7: The first day of class--the most important

How motivated, empowered, and confident are students when they walk into a science course with 250 (or more) other students? Often studentsí expectations are limited to taking notes on lectures,...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 2a of 7: Climate change: confronting student ideas

Students bring prior knowledge about science to our courses, yet sometimes their information is inaccurate.The Beedlow et al. article [attached] provides a foundation for addressing several...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 2b of 7: Marine pathology: revealing the oceanís etiology to earthbound students

Students, especially those from the inland parts of a country, tend to have a ďterrestrial-centricĒ view of Earth. For some, exploration of marine ecosystems may occur only during holidays or while...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3a of 7: Practicing scientific inquiry: what are the rules?

Ecologists attempt to establish general principles from a vast range of organizational, spatial, and temporal scales (Belovsky et al. 2004). The process of developing generalities in ecology...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3b of 7: Ecological controversy: analysis to synthesis

The article by John Banks [attached] outlines innovative programs worldwide that integrate the seemingly opposed goals of agriculture and conservation biology to produce mutually beneficial outcomes....

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3c of 7: Determining confidence: sex and statistics

In this article we demonstrate the use of a primary research paper as an assessment tool, helping to determine how well students understand a biological concept and their ability to interpret...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 3d of 7: Lyme disease: a case about ecosystem services

One way to help students develop critical thinking skills is to focus on problems or cases where they are challenged to deal with real data and experiences (Bransford et al. 2004). Both problem-based...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 4a of 7: Collaborative learning: a jigsaw

Reading and understanding primary research literature is a challenge for students as they can be intimidated by scientific jargon and the unfamiliar style of scientific prose (Epstein 1972; White...

View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 4b of 7: Problem solving: a foundation for modeling

Reading and discussing primary literature is central to communicating science. Students need practice in reading the literature for purposes beyond gaining information. Literature can be used to both...

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