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The Future of Botany Teaching

Wandersee, James [1], Clary, Renee [2].

Human Visual Perception, Learning, and the Future of Botany Teaching.

Teaching botany in the 21st century faces challenges due to students’ visual perception of plants, students’ alternative conceptions about plants, and suboptimal botanical instruction. The National Academy of Sciences' report, “BIO 2010” (2003), has warned us that “the ways in which most future research biologists are educated are geared to the biology of the past, rather than to the biology of the present or future. Like research in the life sciences, undergraduate education must be transformed to prepare students effectively for the biology that lies ahead....Schools, PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES [emphasis added] and funding agencies should develop new teaching materials and facilitate faculty collaboration." BSA's own blueprint for the future, “Botany for the Next Millenium” (1998), underscored the BSA Teaching Section's stance that "Science does not sit in a vacuum, nor is plant science separate from the other sciences. We must develop and maintain bridges among the disciplines and work to make botanical instruction relevant...." In so doing, we must also pose the question: What traditional botany course content has become less useful and may now be de-emphasized to allow time for teaching today’s botany well?

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1 - Louisiana State University, Dept. of Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice, Ph.D. Studies in Biology Education, 223 Peabody Hall, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, USA
2 - Mississippi State University, Dept. of Geosciences, 301-B Hilbun Hall, Mississippi State, Mississippi, 39762, USA

theory of visual fields
visual perception of plants
alternative conceptions research
BIO 2010
plant blindness theory.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S5
Location: 157/Law
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: S5001
Abstract ID:975

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