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Ecology in the university first year?

Dowdeswell, W.H. and Potter, I.C. (1975) Ecology in the university first year? Journal of Biological Education, 9 (6). pp. 247-250.

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The inclusion of ecology in first-year university biology courses presents considerable difficulties. The new course being evolved at Bath centres round three main themes—spatial distribution, the flow of energy, and the gene as an element of continuity. Practical work presents particular problems on account of the large number of students and a lack of time. The difficulty can be overcome to some extent by the use of simulation experiments which aim to reproduce in miniature within the laboratory certain restricted aspects of the real environment. Bearing in mind that, at most, only one visit to a natural habitat will be possible, it is important that full use should be made of good visual aids such as films and slides. Facilities must also be provided for students to check their own progress through problems derived from second-hand sources such as research papers.

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Publisher: Institute of Biology
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