The Advanced Arthropod Studies Curriculum is intended as a supplement to arthropod study and activities students typically encounter in high school level biology, ecology and environmental science classes. Assuming students have a good grasp of basic arthropod biology, this technology-based curriculum allows students to pursue areas that go well beyond those typically encountered in textbooks. Each component may be used individually or may be integrated with others in whatever way is most meaningful to individual teaching situations. These activities lend equally well to cooperative or independent learning situations. All of these projects require use of the Internet-based resources as the major resources in gaining further knowledge. The projects comprising this curriculum are not aimed at any specific ability level or learning style. Each project is tied to real-world knowledge, not memorization and abstractions. Many of the projects have a myriad of project extensions. Please feel free to share any extensions that develop in your particular teaching situation with Dave Stone (email@example.com), who will be glad to incorporate and share them within this site.
The Advanced Arthropod Studies Curriculum arose from a class project for an online University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate class in the online Curriculum, Technology and Education Reform (CTER) M.Ed. program. The first major modification of the curriculum occurred when it became associated with the education component of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BeeSpace project
The major goals of this project center around dissemination of arthropod-based activities which go beyond those typically encountered in a typical classroom. Activities making up this curriculum are:
Microarthropod Collection and Examination | Microarthropod Variation and Taxonomy | Quantitative Study of Arthropod Ecology | Scientific Proposal Writing Using the Bugscope Model | Introduction to Online Scientific Journal Articles
Advanced Arthropod Studies Curriculum-Related Resources
Activity Connections to AAAS Benchmarks
Alignment of AAAS Benchmarks With Advanced Arthropod Studies Curriculum Activities
Please contact David M. Stone (firstname.lastname@example.org), Teaching Associate at University Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL, with any questions, thoughts or feedback regarding this site.