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Teacher Resources and Textbooks

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2 = suitable for high school students

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Addison-Wesley Biotechnology Manual. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley, 1996. This manual for teaching a special unit on biotechnology was developed by high-school teachers and university scientists. It includes background essays, lab investigations, issues and decision-making essays, and teacher's instructions. (3-4)

Alberts, Bruce, et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Garland, 1994. A veritable encyclopedia of molecular biology and cell biology. (3-4)

American Association for the Advancement of Science. Project 2061: Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1993. Project 2061 has been working since 1985 to produce a set of tools that will help reform education in science, mathematics, and technology--including both the design of local curricula and the educational system in which curricula unfolds. (3)

Berg, Paul and Singer, Maxine. Dealing With Genes: The Language of Heredity. Mill Valley, CA: University Science Books, 1992. A thorough, advanced textbook intended for non-science majors. (2-3)

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. Basic Genetics: A Human Approach. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 1991. A helpful introduction to basic genetics. (3)

----------. Mapping and Sequencing The Human Genome: Science, Ethics and Public Policy. Colorado Springs, CO: BSCS and American Medical Association, 1992. Addresses ethical issues and explains the Human Genome Project. (3)

----------. Developing Biological Literacy: A Guide to Developing Secondary and Postsecondary Biology Curricula. Colorado Springs, CO: BSCS, 1993. Useful guide for changing biology curricula and integration of the various topics and ideas covered in the "Winding your way through DNA" symposium into biology courses. (3)

Dawson, Douglas, Hill, Stacey and Rulfs, Jill, eds. Bi.o.tech.nol.o.gy: The Technology of Life. Worcester, MA: Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute, 1992. A resource book of lesson plans and activities for K-12 teachers, developed by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute in collaboration with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and The New England Science Center. (3)

Jennings, Bruce, et al. New Choices, New Responsibilities: Ethical Issues in the Life Sciences. Briarcliffe Manor, NY: The Hastings Center, 1990. A teaching resource on bioethics for high school biology courses. (3)

Kieffer, George H. Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and Society Monograph Series: III. Reston, VA: National Association of Biology Teachers, 1987. This monograph provides a very accessible background to topics listed in its title. (3,4)

National Association of Biology Teachers and North Carolina Biotechnology Center. A Sourcebook of Biotechnology Activities. Reston, VA: National Association of Biology Teachers, 1990. (3)

National Research Council. High-School Biology Today and Tomorrow. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1989. Includes a collection of articles about current issues in biology education. (1, 3)

----------. Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1992. (2-3)

----------. National Science Education Standards: An Enhanced Sampler. Washington, DC: National Research Council, February 1993. A working paper of the National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment. (1, 3)

Reforms in Science Education, K-12. School of Education Review: Special Issue. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco State University, Spring 1993. Includes a number of useful articles on incorporating biotechnology into the curriculum. (3-4)

Singer, Maxine and Berg, Paul. Genes & Genomes. Mill Valley, CA: University Science Books, 1991. Thorough and comprehensive advanced college text. (4)

Speaker, Susan L. and Lindee, M. Susan, with Hanson, Elizabeth. A Guide to the Human Genome Project: Technologies, People, and Institutions. Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 1993. A publication of the Biomolecular Sciences Initiative of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry. (3-4)

Watson, J. D., et al. Molecular Biology of the Gene. 4th ed. Redwood City, CA: Benjamin/Cummings, 1987. The source on molecular genetics. Superb, readable, comprehensive college-level textbook of molecular biology. (4)

Watson, J.D., et al. Recombinant DNA. 2nd ed. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman, 1992. A clearly written text covering both the fundamentals and some of the most exciting current work in molecular biology. (2-4)

Woodrow Wilson 1992 Biology Institute. Bioethics. Princeton, NJ: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1992. This sourcebook contains useful activities on bioethics. (3)

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