"Being a textbook author has made me a better teacher and being an instructor has made me a better author," said Dr. Hoefnagels. "Throughout the book, I had strived to ensure that all visual and textual information is explained at a level that a beginning student can understand. The text, art and photos of Biology: Concepts and Investigations help bring biology to life for faculty and students at a whole new level."
"Investigating Life" sections at the end of each chapter reinforce the importance of scientific inquiry and explain studies that shed light on evolutionary topics related to each chapter's content. Biology also uses a variety of digital tools to support the course, including quizzes, videos, animations, and a social networking application.
"This textbook presents biology to the non-science major in a clear and interesting fashion," said Kathleen Pelkki, a biology teacher at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. "Keeping evolution at the forefront with up-to-date examples of adaptations and relationships, this text has an ideal level of detail for the university student."
The book's innovative art program clearly and creatively communicates the visual science of biology for a variety of learning styles. Full-color illustrations with a three-dimensional feel are used and combined with art, photos and micrographs to create informative combinations. Consistent color-coding is used throughout the book for membranes, DNA, atoms and other important reoccurring biological structures. Additionally, numbered step-by step figures help students work through complex scientific processes in easy-to-follow steps.
The text has already been adopted for use in the 2008-2009 school year
by a variety of universities, including Appalachian State University,
Florida State University, Towson University and Lewis and Clark Community
College. For more information, please visit
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