A New Vision for Learning describes what we set out to accomplish with this second Canadian edition of Biology. As authors and educators, we know your goal is to ensure students are prepared for the future-their future course work, lab experiences, and careers in the sciences. Building a strong foundation in biology for your students required a new vision for how they learn.
Through our classroom experiences and research work, we became inspired by the prospect that the first edition of Biology could move biology education forward. We are confident that this new edition of Biology is another step in the right direction because we listened to you. Based on our own experiences and discussions with educators and students, we continue to concentrate our efforts on these crucial areas:
- Experimentation and the process of science
- Modern content
- Evolutionary perspective
- Emphasis on visuals
- Accuracy and consistency
- Critical thinking
- Media-Active teaching and learning with technology
Continued feedback from instructors using this textbook and other educators in the field of biology has been extremely valuable in refining the presentation of the material. Likewise, we have used the textbook in our own classrooms. This hands-on experience has provided much insight for areas of improvement. Our textbook continues to be comprehensive and cutting-edge, featuring an evolutionary focus and an emphasis on scientific inquiry.
The first Canadian edition of Biology was truly innovative in its visual program, and this edition continues to emphasize this highly instructional visual program. In watching students study as well as from extensive interviews, it is clear that students rely heavily on the artwork as a primary study tool. As you will see when you scan through our book, the illustrations have been crafted with the student's perspective in mind. They are very easy to follow, particularly those that have multiple steps, and have complete explanations of key concepts. We have taken the approach that students should be able to look at the figures and understand the key concepts without having to glance back and forth between the text and art. Many figures contain text boxes that explain what the illustration is showing. In those figures with multiple steps, the boxes are numbered and thereby guide the students through biological processes.
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