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Tue Aug 24 20:01:20 EST 1999

Personally, I feel one of the most important goals in teaching a
biology class for "non-biology" people should be to give these
individuals a new understanding of the world around them.  To somehow
be able to express the infinitely complex relationships surrounding
them everyday.  I think it's important to be able to see the working
parts of the whole, and view their world in a new light.  I think that
should be the goal of any non-majors class, be it biology or not.  A
class in government or law should give you an appreciation of the
workings of various branches of our government.  A literature class
should give you a feel for the beauty and power of words and how truly
gifted some people are in expressing this.  What I would personally
teach is probably vastly different from what many others of you would
teach...but I agree with what's already been said...it has to be made
personal to the people that are taking the class in order for the
lessons to truly strike home.

On Tue, 24 Aug 1999 12:44:32 -0400, "Dr. Peter W. Pappas"
<pappas.3 at osu.edu> wrote:

>The postings of Dilworth and Applyard are a good start to what I am looking
>for.  They also indicate how different each person would approach this
>troublesome task of teaching "biology" to non-majors.  Dr. Appelyard points
>out something that many faculty (and virtually all non-majors textbooks)
>fail to realize (or remember), and that is that many of these students
>probably have not had rigorous high school courses in biology (or
>chemistry).  How does one teach students about DNA, DNA replication,
>Mendelian genetics, and (finally) evolution, when the students don't have to
>foggiest idea of what a nucleotide is and don't have any comprehension of
>the diversity of plants and animals?  Perhaps other readers will be able to
>provide some insight into this matter.
>Dr. Peter W. Pappas
>Professor, Department of EEOB
>The Ohio State University
>1735 Neil Avenue
>Columbus, OH   43210
>Phone 614-292-2746
>FAX 614-292-2030
>pappas.3 at osu.edu
>Greg Appleyard <greg.appleyard at usask.ca> wrote in message
>news:7pugeu$oe0$1 at tribune.usask.ca...
>> >If  you were teaching a one term (semester or quarter) course in
>> NON-MAJORS biology (about 30 lectures), what biological principles would
>> you cover (listed in order of "importance")?  In what sequence would you
>> discuss these principles?
>> ************

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