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Grab that Research Baton and Teach: Bessey Award Winners

Brown, Beverly [1].

Innovation in Education: What would Bessey do?

Charles E. Bessey was an exceptional botanist and teacher. During his life he conducted research on wide-ranging botanical topics. He did so while advocating for direct student engagement with botanical specimens in classes and practical application of botanical knowledge. He took steps to bridge gaps between students and botany by writing the first botanical text book in the United States and implementing the use of teaching laboratories at universities. This is a proud heritage that the Botanical Society of America (BSA) continues to build on. The PlantingScience project has introduced thousands of students to scientist mentors who help teachers immerse students in research experiences in their classrooms and on-line. Just as Bessey provided texts for students,the BSA is also providing resources to teachers and students to support their exploration of botanical questions. The establishment and growth of our on-line teaching resource database makes accurate and engaging botanical information freely available to teachers at every level. Finally, the BSA, primarily through the Education Committee and Teaching Section, works to incorporate research on best practices for teaching into every member's consciousness. These innovations in science education guarantee that Bessey's work lives on and proudly prospers within the BSA and beyond.

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1 - Nazareth College Of Rochester, Biology, 4245 East Avenue, ROCHESTER, NY, 14618, USA

Charles Edwin Bessey
botany education.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY10
Location: Lenox Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 8:15 AM
Number: SY10002
Abstract ID:718

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