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      Overview: Talking with Teachers about Life Sciences

      At this level, students should demonstrate an understanding of how living systems function and how living systems interact with the physical environment. This includes the cycling of matter and the flow of energy. Students should understand the characteristics, structure and function of cells and organisms. Students should also develop a deeper understanding of the principles of heredity, biological evolution, and the diversity and interdependence of life. Students should demonstrate an understanding of different historical perspectives, scientific approaches and emerging scientific issues with the life sciences.

      The content in this Teaching Tool is based on the benchmarks defined in the Ohio Science Academic Content Standards with an awareness of the types of questions asked to this point in time on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). While various suggestions and activities for working with students are included, this Teaching Tool is designed to complement a rigorous, research-based curriculum, not to substitute for one.

      Additional Sources

      American Association for the Advancement of Science. Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Washington, D.C.: Oxford University Press, 1993.

      American Association for the Advancement of Science. Atlas of Science Literacy. Washington, D.C.: Oxford University Press, 2001.

      Driver, Rosalind, et al. Making Sense of Secondary Science: Research into Children's Ideas. New York: Routledge, 1994.

      Genetic Science Learning Center. University of Utah. 2006. <http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu>.

      Hazen, Robert M. and James Trefil. Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.

      National Academy of Sciences. National Science Education Standards. Washington D.C.: National Academies Press, 1995.

      National Research Council. America's Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2006.

      Understanding Evolution. University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley and the Regents of the University of California. 2006. <http://evolution.berkeley.edu>.

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