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Science--Study and teaching


It has long been suggested that biology, being the study of life, should place emphasis on living organisms. This should be especially true of junior high school study. For this reason the use of any available natural area should be exploited to the utmost. Since there is a natural area immediately adjacent to the school in which the author teaches, this study has been developed. Junior high school students in biological science courses spend much time learning to describe and identify organisms. This is an important part of this course and junior high school students usually enjoy this type of work. But this seems to become an end in itself and the teacher may become discouraged because these skills are not put to some immediate, particular use. Many junior high students are ready to carry out more challenging activities. And since, in any biology course various principles of ecology are considered, what could be more appropriate than to see, describe, and explain some of these phenomena in a dynamic state.

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