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View Resource Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 7c of 7: Designing research to investigate student learning

The call for evidence-based research in education has accelerated in recent years, accompanied by the need to examine the nature of inquiry into student learning. Donovan and Pellegrino (2003) make a...

View Resource Species Interaction, Advantageous or Not: the Fig-Wasp relationship

Species interactions can occur along a continuum from mutualism to parasitism and can evolve to different points along this continuum over time. This classroom activity explores this concept by...

View Resource Talking Turkey: Using a short story to facilitate learning and appreciation of energy flows through ecosystems

Human beings are storytellers. This exercise uses the universality of storytelling to engage undergraduate students in ecological science. Students read a fictional narrative that connects scientific...

View Resource The Floristic Relay Game: A Board Game to Teach Plant Community Succession and Disturbance Dynamics

This game introduces students to the concept of succession and plant community dynamics. Students learn that plant communities are dynamic (they change over time and space), and that these changes...

View Resource The Invasive Grass-Fire Cycle in the U.S. Great Basin

Students will exercise critical thinking skills to form a hypothesis on how cheatgrass alters fire behaviors. Students will analyze data and answer questions based on their interpretation of...

View Resource Using a cascading food web case study to assess the ecological and economic impacts of management decisions

As informed citizens, students should be able to understand and interpret the value of a working ecosystem and the cascading implications of disturbances. We use a case study to introduce students to...

View Resource Using Writing to Teach Science and Policy Aspects of Drought and Water-Ecosystem Services in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (California, USA).

Students learn how drought affects aquatic ecosystem services such as freshwater provision and habitat preservation by critically analyzing the current problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta....

View Resource What Are the Ecological Impacts of Plant Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is viewed by many scientists and the public as a solution to a potential food supply crisis in the coming decades; however, debates about the use, ethics, and the effectiveness of...

View Resource What are the Impacts of Introduced Species?

In this Issue, students will examine published data that address the ecological consequences of introduced species. Activities engage students in data analysis and hypothesis testing, and will...

View Resource What does agriculture have to do with climate change?

This Issue describes how agriculture provides important ecosystem services in the forms of food and fiber, but can also convey many disservices to agroecosystems themselves and to the ecosystems...

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