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Lutterschmidt, William I.; Schaefer, Jacob F. – Journal of Biological Education, 1997
Discusses a computer simulation designed as an educational tool for students to observe predator-prey oscillations and experimentally investigate how changes in life histories affect predator and prey densities. Provides hands-on interaction with such theories and with mathematical models. Available to any instructor for curriculum use. (AIM)
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education
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Brown, Kenneth R. – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
A portable and inexpensive blowfly trap, constructed from flower pots/buckets and mesh, suitable for introductory studies in blowfly succession is described. Investigations that examine species composition over time and the differences between baits are discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Biology, Classification, Data Analysis, Ecological Factors
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Doberski, Julian; Brodie, Iain D. S. – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
The value and difficulties of long-term ecological monitoring studies undertaken in schools and colleges are reviewed. Rookeries, stream ecology, sand dune succession, fish population, and seed production and survival are presented as examples of successful studies. This is followed by a discussion of points to consider when setting up a long-term…
Descriptors: Biology, Data Analysis, Ecological Factors, Ecology
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Woodhead, Vanessa; Reiss, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
A student project that investigated the relationship between resting heart beat frequency and body mass of adult dogs is described. The results are compared to those of other mammals and birds. The procedure and results are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Body Composition, Graphs
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Hewitt, G. – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
The following indices for assessing river water quality are described: Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index, Sorenson Quotient of Similarity, Czekanowski's Index of Similarity, Trent Biotic Index, Chandler Score, and Biological Monitoring Working Party Score. Their advantages and disadvantages are outlined. (Author)
Descriptors: Biology, Environmental Standards, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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Ploger, Don – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
Three learning activities--story generation, reasoning from historical information, and computer modeling--that are designed to help students move toward a more coherent understanding of biological mechanisms are described. A method used to measure a student's level of understanding and their progress during instruction is also described. Ways to…
Descriptors: Biology, Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education
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Gipps, John – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
Proposes the use of a series of 11 casts of fossil skulls as a method of teaching about the theory of human evolution. Students explore the questions of which skulls are "human" and which came first in Homo Sapien development, large brain or upright stance. (MDH)
Descriptors: Anatomy, Biology, Evolution, Higher Education
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Gill, John; Badcock, Margaret – Journal of Biological Education, 1990
Presented is a cytogenic technique which enables students to produce preparations of dividing cells. Described are materials, methods, typical results, and assessment for this activity. The usefulness for a wide range of ages and abilities is stressed. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Cytology, High Schools
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Holland, A.; And Others – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Described is a simple technique to monitor air pollutants and to simulate some of the features of roadside canopies. Included are the procedures, directions for the assembly of the apparatus, and a discussion of typical results. Graphs of sample data are presented. (CW)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Biological Sciences, Biology, Botany
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New, June – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Described is an investigation of the contributions of genes and environment to a quantitative character using readily available varieties of dwarf beans. Included are a list of materials, typical results, and a student instruction sheet. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Genetics, Heredity
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Trevors, J. T. – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Described is a laboratory experiment that can be used to investigate bacterial survival in soil or water as well as the study of genetic transfer via conjugation. Discussed are materials, laboratory procedures, typical results, and a list of six references. (CW)
Descriptors: Bacteria, Biological Sciences, Biology, College Science
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Majerus, M. E. N.; And Others – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Presented are several ideas for projects involving ladybird beetles. Discussed is background information about the insects; and projects involving life histories, intra-specific variation, taxonomy, genetics, behavior, ecology, habitat surveys, population biology, and overwintering biology. Lists 12 references. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Entomology
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Dewhurst, D. G.; And Others – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
An interactive computer-assisted learning program written for the BBC microcomputer to teach the basic principles of genetic engineering is described. Discussed are the hardware requirements software, use of the program, and assessment. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Reviews
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Seel, D. C. – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Presented is a guide for students planning to do a science project. Discussed are preliminary organizational matters, report plans, choosing topics, setting up procedures, time management, and documentation. The most important steps for producing a successful project are summarized. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Laboratory Procedures, Science Activities
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Humphreys, T. J. – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Addresses problems associated with biology fieldwork and the teaching of ecology. Points out the need for the development of an objective approach in evaluating the effectiveness of fieldwork exercises. Reports on the evaluation of concept education by transect exercises. (ML)
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Teaching, Ecology, Evaluation Needs
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