Inquiry into Life 15th Edition
Inquiry into Life is written for the introductory-level student who would like to develop a working knowledge of biology. While the text covers the whole field of general biology, it emphasizes the application of this knowledge to human concerns. Along with this approach, concepts and principles are stressed, rather than detailed, high-level scientific data and terminology. Each chapter presents the topic clearly, simply, and distinctly so that the student can achieve a thorough understanding of basic biology. As with previous editions, the central themes of Inquiry into Life are understanding the workings of the human body and how humans fit into the world of living things.
Educational theory tells us that students are most interested in knowledge of immediate practical concern. This text is consistent with and remains true to this approach. The running text and the readings stress applications to everyday life. Such topics as eating disorders, allergies, stem cell research, cloning of animals, and xenotransplantation are integral to the chapter.
As before, the chapter outline numbers the major sections of the chapter. New to this edition, instead of listing statements, students are asked questions according to the chapter outline. The questions are designed to stimulate inquisitive thinking and develop better study skills. The general nature of these questions will encourage students to concentrate on concepts and how concepts relate to one another.
The numbering system in the chapter outline is continued throughout the chapter and is repeated in the summary so that instructors can assign just certain portions of the chapter, if they like. The text is paged so that major sections begin at the top of a page and illustrations are on the same or facing page as its reference.
Each chapter begins with a vignette, a short story that applies chapter material to a real-life situation. To increase student interest, I have moved the opening vignette to the chapter opening page where it is accompanied by a photograph.
The summary at the end of the chapter also assists students in learning the concepts discussed in the chapter. New to this edition, “Testing Yourself” has been expanded to include fifteen to twenty objective style questions. “Studying the Concepts,” which are essay-type questions, and “Thinking Scientifically,” which are critical thinking questions, have been moved to the Online Learning Center. The last page of each chapter instructs student how best to use the Online Learning Center for that chapter.
Inquiry into Life has four types of readings. “Health Focus” readings review procedures and technology that can contribute to our well being. “Science Focus” readings describe how experimentation and observations have contributed to our knowledge about the living world. “Ecology Focus” readings show how the concepts of the chapter can be applied to ecological concerns. “Bioethical Focus” readings describe a modern situation that calls for a value judgement on the part of the reader. Students are challenged to develop a point of view by answering a series of questions that pertain to the issue.
The text contains many new Focus readings. Students will be delighted to consider “Do Animals Have Emotions?” They will be fascinated to know that the Human Genome Project will result in “New Cures on the Horizon,” and intrigued by “The United States Population,” a reading based on the 2000 census. New bioethical issues include the use of “Stem Cells” to treat our ills, and whether we should allow “Cloning of Humans.” At adopters’ requests, the bioethical focus readings now bear a title, which will facilitate their use for classroom discussions.
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