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Biology in the Horace Mann School: The Course in Botany


by Maurice A. Bigelow & Francis E. Lloyd 1901

There are, at the present time, two main schools among teachers of botany, representing a difference of opinion chiefly as regards the way of approaching the study with a class of elementary students. This difference has already been alluded to in the closing paragraph of the preface. To restate it briefly, the one school attacks the study at the lower end of the scale of life, advancing from the simple to the complex. The other begins at some convenient point which involves the minimum amount of technical difficulties and of strangeness, and is content to sacrifice the appearance of logic for a way which offers less friction. Setting aside this divergence, there appears to be a fairly general understanding as to the amount and kind of matter to be presented. Courses differ, to be sure, in details, but these may be accounted for by local conditions, as for example the experience and abilities of instructors, the time allowed and the maturity of the students. This general agreement lies in the demand that the student have opportunity to acquaint himself with the essentials of plant structure, physiology and ecology. Furthermore, it asks that this knowledge shall not be confined to one group of plants, such as the Spermatophyta, but that the student should gain a knowledge of the more readily observable facts about the lower forms as well. It is also generally insisted on that a physiological view-point should be had.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 2 Number 1, 1901, p. 30-36
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9702, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 1:31:08 AM

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