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Biology in the Horace Mann School: The Course in Zoology


by Maurice A. Bigelow 1901

The accompanying outline of a course in elementary zoology will, perhaps, be better understood if prefaced by some discussion of the aims and of certain propositions which underlie the course. In the opinion of the writer the various aims which have been suggested by authors on elementary zoology may be conveniently classified into two groups. In the first group may be classed all aims which have a direct reference to scientific training ; while in the second may be included all aims relating to the acquirement of knowledge of the subject matter. The aims in the first group, stated in a general way, have reference to the development of a scientific attitude of mind, by directing various mental processes, such as scientific observing, reasoning on the basis of demonstrated facts, exercising judgment and discrimination, and learning to appreciate demonstrated knowledge. This is not the place to attempt a complete analysis of the attitude of mind which characterizes the student of science. Enough has been said to indicate the general direction of the first group of aims. The importance of the training which this involves has long been recognized, and the discussion need not be renewed here.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 2 Number 1, 1901, p. 4-28
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9701, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:56:32 AM

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