The Purpose of Case Studies in Biology for the Informed Citizen:
Each chapter opens with a rich case study, which sets the stage for the content that will be covered in that chapter. Case studies are real-life examples that demonstrate how understanding biology basics can help you, as students, make informed decisions about important issues and also make connections between biology and other fields of study.
Chapter 1. The Nature of Biology
Chapter 2. The Nature of Science
Chapter 3. Human Development
Case Study: Unusually Close Sisters
Chapter 4. Inheritance, Genes, and Physical Characteristics
Chapter 5. Cancer
Chapter 6. Reproduction
Case Study: The Fastest Woman on Earth
Chapter 7. Plants, Agriculture, and Genetic Engineering
Chapter 8. Health Care and the Human Genome
Case Study: Carrie Buck and the American Eugenics Movement
Chapter 9. Evolution
Chapter 10. The Evolution of Disease
Case Study: Deadly Malaria
Chapter 11. Homeostasis
Case Study: Max Gilpin
Chapter 12. Circulation and Respiration
Chapter 13: The Nervous System
Chapter 14. Infectious Disease and the Immune System
Case Study: The Summer of Sorrow
Chapter 15. Nutrition, Activity, and Wellness
Case Study: Dying for the “Perfect Body”
Chapter 16. Ecology
Case Study: The Near-Extinction of Kirtland’s Warbler
Chapter 17. Biodiversity and Human Affairs
Case Study: The Discovery of America
Chapter 18. Human Population Growth
Case Study: A Story About Bacteria
This is really engaging!
- Chesapeake College
“It serves as a useful and critical first step on the step-by-step journey that the authors have laid out for the chapter … it will draw anyone who reads it into the chapter, because it’s simply an interesting story … Humans love stories …[and] the biology underlying the case study is important in several different ways … [and] the case study is good because it shows the process of science”
- University of Maryland Baltimore County
This is the best part of the chapter.
- Northern Illinois University
I think the case studies are helpful to put the concepts into perspective. It interests the students in the topic and makes them want to read more in the chapter.
- Clayton State University
Short and to the point … and is one example to which many can relate to …The idea of chapter opening case studies is excellent. What I liked in this opening case study was … that during the chapter the author returned to the case study and its results several times.
- Missouri Western College
I think this is a fantastic way to bring students in … Opening a chapter with a case study is critical!
- Columbia College Chicago