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Modell, Harold; Cliff, William; Michael, Joel; McFarland, Jenny; Wenderoth, Mary Pat; Wright, Ann – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
Homeostasis is a core concept necessary for understanding the many regulatory mechanisms in physiology. Claude Bernard originally proposed the concept of the constancy of the "milieu interieur," but his discussion was rather abstract. Walter Cannon introduced the term "homeostasis" and expanded Bernard's notion of…
Descriptors: Physiology, Science Education, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Concepts
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Silverthorn, Dee U.; Michael, Joel – Advances in Physiology Education, 2013
Temperature and other environmental stressors are known to affect blood pressure and heart rate. In this activity, students perform the cold pressor test, demonstrating increased blood pressure during a 1- to 2-min immersion of one hand in ice water. The cold pressor test is used clinically to evaluate autonomic and left ventricular function. This…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Metabolism, Science Activities, Science Experiments
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Michael, Joel; Modell, Harold; McFarland, Jenny; Cliff, William – Advances in Physiology Education, 2009
The explosion of knowledge in all of the biological sciences, and specifically in physiology, has created a growing problem for educators. There is more to know than students can possibly learn. Thus, difficult choices have to be made about what we expect students to master. One approach to making the needed decisions is to consider those "core…
Descriptors: Physiology, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Guidelines
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Michael, Joel – Advances in Physiology Education, 2006
Calls for reforms in the ways we teach science at all levels, and in all disciplines, are wide spread. The effectiveness of the changes being called for, employment of student-centered, active learning pedagogy, is now well supported by evidence. The relevant data have come from a number of different disciplines that include the learning sciences,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology