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Mapping Biology Knowledge : Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education - Kathleen M. Fisher

Mapping Biology Knowledge

Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

Hardcover Published: October 2000
ISBN: 9780792365754
Number Of Pages: 217

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Mapping Biology Knowledge addresses two key topics in the context of biology, promoting meaningful learning and knowledge mapping as a strategy for achieving this goal. Meaning-making and meaning-building are examined from multiple perspectives throughout the book. In many biology courses, students become so mired in detail that they fail to grasp the big picture. Various strategies are proposed for helping instructors focus on the big picture, using the `need to know' principle to decide the level of detail students must have in a given situation. The metacognitive tools described here serve as support systems for the mind, creating an arena in which learners can operate on ideas. They include concept maps, cluster maps, webs, semantic networks, and conceptual graphs. These tools, compared and contrasted in this book, are also useful for building and assessing students' content and cognitive skills. The expanding role of computers in mapping biology knowledge is also explored.

Introductionp. 1
Overview of Knowledge Mappingp. 5
The Nature of Biology Knowledgep. 25
Knowing Biologyp. 39
Student Misconceptions in Biologyp. 55
Meaningful and Mindful Learningp. 77
Language, Analogy, and Biologyp. 95
Using Concept Circle Diagramming as a Knowledge Mapping Toolp. 109
Using Concept Mapping as a Knowledge Mapping Toolp. 127
SemNet(r) Semantic Networkingp. 143
The Paradox of the Textbookp. 167
Referencesp. 185
Author Indexp. 201
Subject Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780792365754
ISBN-10: 0792365755
Series: Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 217
Published: October 2000
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.1

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