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And Now What, Ms. Ranger?  The Search for the Intelligent Designer
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Intelligent Design continues to be a hot political and educational topic in some parts of the country. This discussion case study uses the dramatic setting of a public school board as it considers whether district science teachers should be made to read a statement to their classes identifying Intelligent Design as a competing theory to evolution that is worthy of scientific consideration. The relevant statement is in fact the one that was at the center of the 2004 controversy in Dover, Pennsylvania. This case would be appropriate in general biology or advanced courses where the focus is on evolution.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/03/2008
Bad Blood: A Case Study of the Tuskegee Syphilis Project
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The ethics of human experimentation are explored in this case about the infamous syphilis studies performed at the Tuskegee Institute from the 1930s to the 1960s. Sponosred by the U.S. Public Health Service, 399 African American men with syphilis were recruited for a research study on the progression of the disease when left untreated. The case examines the science underlying the experiment as well as the ethical and racial issues. One of its goals is to help students understand the evolution in our thinking on issues of science, human experimentation, and race, and how they are conditioned by our culture. The case could be used in any course that explores the ethics of science.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Ann W. Fourtner
Charles R. Fourtner
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/2000
CIESE Online Classroom Projects
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Teachers of all grades can use these projects to enhance their science curriculum through use of the Internet. Many projects utilize real time data, others draw from primary/historical information sources. In collaborative projects, students from around the world contribute data for comparison. Each project includes a brief description, teacher guide, standards, classroom activities, data source links, even online help. Many projects focus on water, water quality, weather, oceanography topics. Undergraduate science education is also featured.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Date Added:
10/30/2014
A Case of Cheating?
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This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as an exercise for faculty to discuss, perhaps in a brown bag seminar at lunch time. In many ways it represents a rather common type of problem, cheating-what to do about it and how to prevent it. What makes the case more interesting is the cultural questions it raises and the issues associated with the use of peer evaluation and cooperative learning strategies in general.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Concept-based problem solving: Combining educational research results and practical experience to create a framework for learning physics and to derive effective classroom practices
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This paper identifies five types of learning experiences which are relevant to understanding students' grasp of concepts and principles. These include exploring existing concepts, honing and clustering concepts, developing analytical and reasoning skills, developing problem solving skills, and structuring knowledge in memory. Each of these learning experiences is presented with research results and some of the instructional methods and classroom techniques identified for a rich learning environment. Changes in teaching approaches require new roles for both teachers and students. This paper suggests a way for teachers to model for students and presents a student-centered process for learners to extract knowledge from experience. (Contains 49 references.)

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jose P. Mestre
Robert J. Dufresne
William J. Gerace
William J. Leonard
Date Added:
07/13/2005
Equal Time for Intelligent Design?: An Intimate Debate Case
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Whether Intelligent Design should be taught in a science classroom is a serious problem. This case study tackles the issue head-on by using intimate debate, a pedagogical structure in which small student groups are subdivided into opposing student pairs that take turns arguing each side of the issue. There is no audience for these concurrent mini-debates, and the session concludes with groups reaching consensus. This case study would be appropriate in general biology or advanced courses where the focus is on evolution.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/2007
The Evolution of Creationism: Critically Appraising Intelligent Design
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This PBL case on Intelligent Design was written for freshman biology majors at a Christian liberal arts college. Students read about the claims and actions of proponents of Intelligent Design as they work for its inclusion in the high school science curriculum. In the process, students learn about the nature of science and the importance of evolution in the field of biology. More advanced students are given the task of critically evaluating one specific (and much cited) claim made by Intelligent Design supporters that the irreducible complexity of the bacterial flagellum suggests it cannot be the product of evolution.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Robin Pals-Rylaarsdam
Date Added:
01/01/2005
A Field Season Gets Underway Set To Weddell Seal Song
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Weddell seals have a large repertoire of very strange vocalizations–everything from chugs, chirps, trills, and whistles to what sounds like something from outer space. Weddells make these sounds both underwater and on top of the sea ice. Our soundtrack composer Steve Perez used hydrophone recordings the project obtained under NMFS Permit 1032-1917 to interweave with guitar and midi to create an other-worldly composition consisting of some of those Weddell seal vocalizations recorded by the Weddell Population Ecology project. Video field footage obtained by project members Eric Boyd and Terrill Paterson under NMFS Permit 17236. Video editing and production by Mary Lynn Price. Learn more at WeddellSealScience.com!

Subject:
Applied Science
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Author:
Mary Lynn Price
Date Added:
07/06/2017
Helicobacter pylori and the Bacterial Theory of Ulcers
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This case is an account of the events that led Drs. Robin Warren and Barry Marshall to the bacterial theory of ulcers. The two physicians refused to accept the standard explanations for what they had observed and instead developed an alternative hypothesis, saving countless patients from unnecessary pain and suffering. Along the way they transformed the way the medical community viewed peptic ulcer disease. The case shows the importance of curiosity, serendipity, and tenacity in scientific inquiry; how science is built upon the work of others; how assumptions can cloud people's views, leaving them closed to new ideas; and how scientific "truth" can and does change when faced with new data and new interpretations. It is appropriate for use in any course at the high school or undergraduate level that teaches students about the scientific method and/or the sociology, nature, and history of science.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Debra A. Meuler
Date Added:
01/01/2011
Inquiry-Teaching Students to Ask Questions That Can Be Investigated
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During this activity, students will investigate leech behavior. Students will learn to ask a question about leech behavior that can be investigated.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Faye Dragich
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Paul Seymour, Assistant Professor: A Dilemma Case in Teaching
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This case study explores two of the major issues that confront new faculty when they experiment with a new method of teaching like case study teaching. The first issue is how to introduce the new method into the classroom successfully when both the instructor and the students are novices. The second issue concerns the possible consequences of focusing heavily on teaching in an environment where research, not teaching, is not the primary criterion for promotion and tenure.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/2006
A Recipe for Invention: Scientist (and Engineer) Biographies
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In this case study, designed to help break down stereotypes about scientists and engineers, students research the personal and professional lives of researchers in their field. The case was designed for use in high school to graduate courses in a variety of scientific disciplines, including molecular biology, biochemistry, geology, chemistry, psychology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and anthropology. In the teaching notes, the authors provide lists of scientists for each of these disciplines as well as suggestions for classroom activities that can be used in various combinations to build on the students' biographical research.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Susannah Gal
Traci E. Morris
Date Added:
01/01/2003
Science Teachers Association of New York State
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Homepage for New York State Science Teachers describes Association mission and goals, announces conference and workshop dates and topics, employment opportunities. Promotes NSTA network for facilitating information dissemination among teachers, includes tutorial on network system. Includes: curricula development strategies for biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics; modules on developing reflective teaching in biology and physics; science links for state and national level.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Southeastern New England Marine Educators
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Regional chapter of National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) representing teachers in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Shares information on marine and aquatic science education and issues in Southeastern New England, provides opportunities for educators to communicate, encourages professional growth through workshops and conferences.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Tragic Choices: Autism, Measles, and the MMR Vaccine
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This case explores the purported connection between vaccines in general, and the MMR vaccine specifically, and autism. Students examine results from the 1998 Lancet article that ignited and still fuels the anti-vaccine movement; students are then asked to design a better study to test the causal relationship between the vaccine and the disorder. This case was developed to help science-phobic undergraduates understand the distinctions between good science, bad science, and pseudoscience. Most importantly, the case shows how "thinking scientifically" is a learnable skill that can empower students to make intelligent choices for themselves and their families. As such, the case would be suitable for any course introducing students to the nature of science, good (vs. not-so-good) experimental designs, appropriate interpretations of data, science as a self-correcting process, etc. Opportunities exist to expand the case to focus on issues related to research ethics, responsible journalism, and the interface between science, society, and the law.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Matthew P. Rowe
Date Added:
01/01/2011
The UCLA Physics & Astronomy K-6 Connection
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This site contains a set of physics and astronomy lesson plans for elementary school teachers. Basic ideas of work, power, length, and volume are covered, as well as activies demonstrating their principles. Also covered are observations of various planets and stellar phenomena.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Bill Layton
Date Added:
07/08/2004
A Word to the Wise: Advising Freshmen
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Freshmen frequently struggle with major decisions both inside andoutside of school. Even if they have required advisement sessions, they do not always know what questions to ask and what information to share with an advisor. This is true even for many science students who think they have certain career goals and a clearly delineated set of requirements. This case was designed to sharpen freshmen honors students' understanding of the advisement process. It could also be used early in the semester in a general science course as an icebreaker, especially in courses where case studies will be used.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Jessica Dudek
Nigel Mariner
Date Added:
01/01/2004