Resources for Teaching and Learning Biology
Nature of Science
- ActionBioscience.org features issues-based articles written by prominent scientists, accompanying lesson ideas, and related teaching resources for high school and undergraduate biology educators.
- AAAS Science NetLinks is a guide to standards-based Internet experiences for students.
- BiosciEdNet.org provides a searchable database of resources from BEN Collaborative partner organizations such as AIBS, Ecological Society of America, American Society for Microbiology, and Botanical Society of America.
- BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium promotes curriculum innovation by serving a national role as a networking resource for individuals to share, distribute, and enhance cooperation among on-going and future biology education development projects.
- Biological Sciences Curriculum Study develops and supports the implementation of innovative science education curriculum for students in kindergarten through college.
- Project Kaleidoscope is a leading advocate for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- National Academies' Subject Hub for Education provides numerous resources and publications on the latest research in teaching and learning.
- National Science Teachers Association,a professional society for science teachers, provides professional development opportunities and teaching resources.
- National Association of Biology Teachers, a professional society for biology educators, offers an annual professional development conference and monthly publication.
Nature of Science:
- Evolution and the Nature of Science Institute. The Institute provides lessons designed to improve the teaching of evolution by incorporating evolutionary thinking in the context of a more complete understanding of modern scientific thinking.
- Learn History and Nature of Science. Describes a series of articles published in NSTA journals which focus on how to teach the history and nature of science.
- The Nature of Science. Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, LearnNet provides a variety of activities designed to look at different aspects of the nature of science and teach investigative skills.
- Nature of Science standards. What students should know and be able to do, from Benchmarks for Science Literacy, AAAS Project 2061
- PBS Evolution: What is the nature of science? This online lesson accompanying the PBS series explores how the scientific process helps develop our understanding of the natural world.
- Reshaping their views: Science as liberal arts. Discusses strategies for professors to use in general-education courses to encourage students to learn more about the nature of science and scientific inquiry, by Judith Bramble in New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Volume 2005, Issue 103, p. 51-60, Fall 2005, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
- Symposium on the nature of science. Beyond Creationism: A reporter's eye view of the world in collision (video). J. Madeleine Nash, Senior Correspondent, TIME Magazine.
- Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science 1998 book from National Academies Press.
- Understanding Science. An accessible and free web-based resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works, includes an interactive representation of the process of science.
- Using iMovie to Teach History and the Nature of Scientific Inquiry. Great Scientific Debates on Apple Learning Interchange
- ActionBioscience.org - Evolution. All of the articles and interviews on evolution, published in AIBS's online education resource.
- AIBS Evolution Initiatives. A description of the activities AIBS engages in to support the teaching of evolution and communicating the nature of science.
- Evolution and the Fossil Record. 2001. From the American Geological Institute and the Paleontological Society.
- The Evolution Project. PBS website, television series, and teaching resources.
- Evolution Resources from the National Academies. All of the Academies resources for learning and teaching evolution, including books, reports, definitions, legal issues, and upcoming events.
- National Center for Science Education. A non-profit membership organization committed to defending the teaching of evolution in public schools.
- National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Evolutionary biology resources for educators, students, scientists, and the general public.
- Science, Evolution, and Creationism. This 2008 book, published by the National Academies Press, explains the methods of science, examines the scientific evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluates alternative perspectives.
- The Society for the Study of Evolution. A comprehensive listing of general resources, evolution societies, and teaching resources.
- "Teaching about Evolution: Old Controversy, New Challenges" (PDF, 100k) A 2001 article written by Rodger Bybee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, recipient of the 2001 AIBS Education Award. Published by AIBS in BioScience, April 2001.
- Understanding Evolution. From the University of California, Museum of Paleontology, a one-stop source for information on evolution, with teaching resources.