[Fwd: RE: plant families]

Dave Robinson drobinson at bellarmine.edu
Mon Oct 22 09:43:54 EST 2001


Scott:  There are lots of good WWW sites that could be used as surveys
for a class like this. Just do a Google search. This would have the
advantage of more color photographs and WWW links to other resources.

Shouldn't we all be using the WWW in our classes more, instead of making
students purchase expensive textbooks?

Dave Robinson
Biology
Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY

-----Original Message-----
From: sshumway at wheatonma.edu [mailto:sshumway at wheatonma.edu]
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 2:33 PM
To: plant-ed at net.bio.net
Subject: plant families

I use Raven et al as a textbook for my sophomore level botany class
which
currently covers plant anatomy and a survey of the plant kingdom.  Over
time I have cut out coverage of physiology and of algae in order to
spend
more time on the plant survey.  I think that it is important for
students
to know something about the major flowering plant families.  I attempt
to
teach them about 25 flowering plant families.  The problem is that Raven

has no coverage of plant families.  Other general botany texts have very

little on plant families.  It is inappropriate to require my class to
purchase another $100 textbook on plant taxonomy.   While I might study
texts like Walters and Keil (Vascular Plant Taxonomy) or Cambell, Judd,
et
al (plant systematics: a phylogentic approach - I'm going from memory so
I
don't have the exact authors or title), these texts contain much more
detail than my students need to learn.  Is there a reasonably priced,
appropriately illustrated and user-friendly guide to flowering plant
families?  Is there a general textbook that includes a limited survey of

plant families and also has a depth of coverage similar to Raven et al?

Scott Shumway
Associate Professor of Biology
Dept. of Biology
Wheaton College
Norton, MA 02766
508-286-3945
sshumway at wheatonma.edu
fax 508-285-8278

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