Mapping Biology Knowledge by K. Fisher, J.H. Wandersee, D.E. Moody

By K. Fisher, J.H. Wandersee, D.E. Moody

Mapping Biology Knowledge addresses key subject matters within the context of biology, selling significant studying and information mapping as a technique for attaining this aim. Meaning-making and meaning-building are tested from a number of views in the course of the publication. in lots of biology classes, scholars develop into so mired intimately that they fail to understand the large photo. a number of recommendations are proposed for assisting teachers concentrate on the massive photograph, utilizing the `need to understand' precept to make a decision the extent of aspect scholars should have in a given scenario. The metacognitive instruments defined right here function help platforms for the brain, growing an enviornment during which beginners can function on principles. They contain idea maps, cluster maps, webs, semantic networks, and conceptual graphs. those instruments, in comparison and contrasted during this e-book, also are important for development and assessing scholars' content material and cognitive abilities. The increasing function of pcs in mapping biology wisdom is usually explored.

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The dynamic, synthesizing, organizing, energyconsuming nature of living things sets them apart froin inanimate objects. John Moore holds that evolution, genetics, and developmental biology are “the core of conceptual biology,” because these subdomains focus on “the fundamental characteristic of life — its ability to replicate over time (1993, p. ” From the organism’s genetic program, to the differentiation that occurs as a single cell becomes a multicellular organism, to the enhancement of the survival of the species that natural selection confers, life has ancestry that cannot be ignored.

There is a growing body of evidence, for example, that 85-95%of an individual’s ability to perform in a given domain is derived from the content knowledge about that domain that they have stored in and can readily retrieve from their memory (Gordon & Gill, 1989). But there is a difference in acquiring detailed information for a purpose and working with it regularly to hone and polish its edges, and acquiring detailed information temporarily because an authority figure says that is whatyou have to do.

General principles offer an important initial colonization structure on which to build a more comprehensive biological understanding. In learning about and traversing such a complex territory as biology, the metaphor of a map is useful. Mapping biology can help us see where we (and others before us) have been, and plot a route to our new destination via established referents, landmarks, and benchmarks. The alternative is accidental accretion of disorganized knowledge by random walk. However, if you want to get where you want to go, use a map!

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