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Event: Ecology, Evolution, and the Diversity of Life - Contextualized Content Course (Biology 2), Week 2

Jul 24, 2006
Jul 27, 2006

7/17-7/20, 7/24-7/27, University of Massaschusetts Boston: 8 full-day sessions.

Middle and high school teachers of science. Priority given to Boston Public Schools teachers and pre-service teachers at BSP partner institutions (UMB, NEU, BPS).

This course explores ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life, building on current curriculum materials at the middle and secondary school levels, including FOSS "Diversity of Life" and BSCS Biology - A Human Approach, as well as State and National standards for the teaching of biology. Subject matter includes the mechanisms behind evolution, the development and functioning of plants, the flow of matter and energy through ecosystems, and concepts of population structure and dynamics. Students also discuss common properties and unique attributes of cells, animals, bacteria, and parasites. The course exposes students to the current state of knowledge in the scientific community through laboratory and field activities, outside reading, classroom presentations, and challenging class discussions. Students participate in laboratory exercises drawn from national science standards-based middle and high school instructional materials. These exercises provide an opportunity to review these teaching materials and methods and discuss research-based strategies for communicating with students.

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Nov 9, 2005

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