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[Plant-education] botany textbooks

David W. Kramer kramer.8 at osu.edu
Thu Dec 1 11:44:57 EST 2005

At this regional campus of Ohio State University I have been using 
Stern's Introductory Plant Biology since the 4th Ed.  [It is now in 
the 10th Ed.}  I chose it primarily for its treatment of plant life 
cycles which are part of the second quarter of our two-quarter course 
for NON-MAJORS.  I like the way the life cycles are drawn... on a 
uniform format that is less confusing for students.  There are other 
nice features, too.

Having said all that, one of my students in 101 just last evening 
(our last class) said he had never read the textbook this quarter and 
wondered if he should buy the textbook for 102 next quarter.  He 
seemed relieved when I told him we would be using the same book. 
Will he read it?  Do today's students ever read a textbook unless we 
contrive scavenger hunt exercises that force them to look through the 
text?  Sad!  I hope it would be different for your majors.  Why would 
students pay such high prices for textbooks then never read them?

I have looked at all the other books on your list and even reviewed 
portions of some of them.  I think all of them are quite good, 
including the text by Graham, Graham, and Wilcox mentioned by Jim 
Perry.  We botanists are very lucky to have such good authors and 


PS  For more info about the 101-102 courses here you can visit the web site:


>Dear Plant-ed folks:
>I'm choosing a textbook for my Botany course next semester.  Half of 
>the students will be bio majors, and half will be environmental 
>studies/sciences majors.  I have used "Biology of Plants" by Raven, 
>Evert, and Eichorn previously, and I thought I'd take a look at 
>different texts this year.  I noticed I now have a collection of 6 
>potential texts!  I've listed them below.  Please let me know if you 
>really like any of the texts, and what you like about it.
>Introduction to Botany by Murray Nabors
>Botany by Moore, Clark, and Vodopich
>Botany An introduction to Plant Biology by Mauseth
>Principles of Botany by Uno, Storey, and Moore
>Introductory Plant Biology by Stern
>Biology of Plants by Raven, Evert, and Eichorn

David W. Kramer, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University at Mansfield
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906-1547
Phone:  (419) 755-4344      FAX:  (419) 755-4367
e-mail:  kramer.8 at osu.edu
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