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Adrian Bell a.d.bell at bangor.ac.uk
Wed Aug 21 03:47:41 EST 1996




On 20 Aug 1996 09:42:45 -0700 Dr. David Starrett wrote:

> From: Dr. David Starrett <dstarret at BIOLOGY.SEMO.EDU>
> Date: 20 Aug 1996 09:42:45 -0700
> Subject: (none)
> To: plant-ed at net.bio.net
> 
> Plant-eders, 
> 
>   Next week I will begin teaching an upper level plant anatomy course to
> seniors and masters students here.  I have inherited a 30 year old syllabus.
> I will be using it as a guideline.  My question... Does anyone have any
> suggestions/tips on teaching the course?  My worry is that 16 weeks of
> looking at cross sections will be rather dry.  The syllabus basically
> follows the chapter outlines in Fahn's book.  I want to spiff this class up
> a bit.  Any neat demos, techniques, etc?  Any batter way to teach than
> simply regurgitating book material?  I am not trained as a plant anatmoist
> though I have had the class (14 years back) and have taught basic anatomy in
> intro botany classes.
>   Any thoughts, suggestions, horror stories, etc. appreciated.  This is a
> two hr lec, 3 hr lab per week.
>   Thanks
> 
>     Dave Starrett
> 
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          try collecting a range of fresh material with obvious` ecological` forms - climbers, tank plants,succulents

          water plants.  Have a go at cutting fresh sections - stain in toluidine blue. Then relate the tissue layout to the 

         life style  -  collenchyma distribution - stellate parenchyma etc..  You will have to admit that you don't understand all you see, but that is no bad thing

         I find students wake up when they can see a `reason` behind the anatomy and like to be told "we are possibly the first people

        ever to look at the anatomy of this plant "

                                                                                       Adrian Bell   Bangor   U.K.







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