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The Future of Botany Teaching

Sundberg, Marshall [1].

Charles Edwin Bessey’s Vision for Botany Education.

Charles Edwin Bessey, the namesake of the BSA’s Teaching Award, earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Michigan State University before moving to Iowa State University to become Professor of Botany, Horticulture, and Zoology (his several doctorates were honorary). There he developed his philosophy "Let it be borne in mind that Botany is the study of plants, not the study of books" and made the laboratory an integral part of instruction. After a dozen years he moved to the University of Nebraska where the purchase of microscopes for the teaching laboratory was a condition for his acceptance. Under his leadership, Nebraska became one of the top botany departments in the country. Bessey was a strong proponent of "The New Botany" in the United States and his textbooks for high school and college botany "reoriented botanical instruction in this country." He encouraged women to pursue degrees in botany. In addition to serving as president of the Botanical Society of America (1897) he served as vice president of the American Education Association.


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1 - Emporia State University, Biological Sciences, 1200 Commercial St, Emporia, Kansas, 66801, USA

Keywords:
teaching
new botany
laboratory
curriculum
women.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S5
Location: 157/Law
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 1:50 PM
Number: S5002
Abstract ID:976


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