The Improvement of Instruction in High School General Biology
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Manning, James F.
The purpose of this study is, primarily, to develop an outline in heneral Biology suitable to the instructional situation at the Norfolk Senior High School, Norfolk, Nebraska, but it is hoped that it may be of some service to teachers and students of biology in other high schools. Various community demands, location, and needs will dictate to a great extent the use of this outline in a particular locality.|The writer first became interested In the present study four years ago. It was at this time that former Norfolk High School students who had taken biology began enrolling in the general biology classes at the Norfolk Junior College. This made possible an opportunity for comparison of the students who had taken biology In other schools with those from Norfolk. It was found in several Instances that the students from Norfolk were superior to those of other schools in some achievement areas and inferior in other areas. Some of the reasons for these differences will be presented later. However, the recognition of the difference did serve as a motivation for the desire to improve the Instruction of biology. In this thesis the writer will bring together various techniques, data, and experiences which he hopes will make for the improvement of biology teaching not only in Norfolk High School, but also in other schools.
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