Classification of Living Things
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Bruce Stewart (Faculty)
Chung, Carl. 2004. The species problem and the value of teaching the complexities of species. The American Biology Teacher, 66(6):413-417.
There is also an error that may seem minor, but it is in direct conflict with concepts I try to teach to my students. This is the species name. In the table of taxa, "sapiens" is listed as the human species name. It is not; "sapiens" is the specific epithet. The species name is a binomial, and the table is simply perpetuating a common misunderstanding that students have about this.
A third problem I have noticed after revisiting this site is that the several of the pronunciations are in error. Dipthongs should nearly always be pronounced as a single vowel sound but with the SECOND vowel long and the first vowel silent. It is true that many teachers and biologists in general are not consistent in this; however, a teaching web site with audio should have this correct. A useful reference that has a section on pronunciation of scientific terms is Triplehorn, Charles A. and Norman F. Johnson. 2005. Borror and Delongs's Introduction to the Study of Insects, 7th ed. Brooks/Cole. 864pp. (ISBN# 0-03-096835-6) The topic is covered in excellent detail in Chapter 3 entitled "Systematics, Classification, Nomenclature, and Identification."
Amber Entrekin (Student)
the quizzes, it truly makes you sit down and read all of the material.
2) I think this website is of a very high quality. It has a lot of great
information, but it is explained at a level that will work very well for a high
3) I think this website could be used spectacularly in a classroom. I have
created an assignment I would like to use in my classroom sometime that
incorporates this website.
4) I think it is incredibly easy to use. The site is very easy to navigate
around and has great graphics to keep the reader interested.
Jim Bidlack (Faculty)
learning about classification systems. It provides a great overview of how
organisms are classified and well-written text about taxonomy. Excellent
diagrams and illustrations make this a fun learning experience for those who
view the site.