AMNH Hall of Biodiversity

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This two-page handout, downloaded from the American Museum of Natural History, provides students with suggestions for how to help conserve and protect natural resources.

Student Questions on General Topics in Science

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At the end of the term, when all lectures, readings, and assignments are a thing of the past, the instructors in Frontiers of Science use an anonymous survey to find out what further information their students wish to understand. The instructors set aside time to answer some of these questions and consider them when revising the curriculum for the next term. We post them here to give you a sense of the interests, understanding, and misunderstandings among students in a general college science course. The questions in this document are those pertaining to science in general, rather than to a particular discipline.

Student Survey

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This survey is used in Frontiers of Science to help instructors learn about their students' backgrounds, interests, and concerns.

Subjects to Cover on the First Day of Class

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This document is a compilation of points to cover in the first meeting of a class. This is especially handy as a guide for new instructors or as a checklist for those with teaching experience.

Discussing a Science Article from the Popular Press

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This activity engages students as critical readers of popular science writing. Any recent article will do, as students will seek out the methods, assumptions, and evidence in the piece. This task works especially well as a warm-up in the first meeting of a small class, but suggestions for an expanded assignment are given.

Outrageous Fortune

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In this activity, students will learn a little about string theory and will consider debates about the place of string theory in science. This discussion engages students with a current issue in astrophysics and with ideas about the nature and practice of science.

Outrageous Fortune

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In this activity, students will learn a little about string theory and will consider debates about the place of string theory in science. This discussion engages students with a current issue in astrophysics and with ideas about the nature and practice of science.