Biology: Concepts and Investigations 3rd Edition
Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action encourages instructors to improve student engagement and learning in introductory biology courses. The central idea of the Vision and Change report is that we need to turn away from teaching methods that reward students who memorize and regurgitate superficial knowledge. Instead, we need to emphasize deeper learning that requires students to understand and apply course content. This idea is precisely what I have tried to achieve since I started teaching at the University of Oklahoma in 1997, and it has been a guiding principle in the creation of my books and digital material as well.
As you examine this new edition and its supplements, I hope you will see an emphasis on connections and the â€œbig picture.â€ In addition to new features like chapter summary figures, integrated media icons, SmartBookâ„¢, and tutorial animations, weâ€™ve updated and improved many features present in the last edition, including chapter opening essays, Investigating Life sections, boxed readings, and multiple choice and open-ended questions. Every chapter also has a study tip, so students learn to master the skills they need to be successful in biology and every other class.
I agree with the Vision and Change reportâ€™s call for instructors to embrace active learning techniques, but I also believe that one set of tools and techniques does not work in every classroom. For that reason, my team and I are proud to create a package that gives you the flexibility to teach introductory biology in a way that works best for you. Pages viiiâ€“xiii illustrate the features and resources for this edition that can help you meet your teaching goals.
I hope that you and your students enjoy this text and that it helps cultivate an understanding of, and deep appreciation for, biology.
The University of Oklahoma
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