American Biology Teacher
The American Biology Teacher is an award winning and peer-refereed professional journal for K-16 biology teachers. Articles include topics such as modern biology content, biology teaching strategies for both the classroom and laboratory, field activities, and a wide range of assistance for application and professional development. Each issue features reviews of books, classroom materials, technology products, and "Biology Today." Published 9 times a year by the National Association of Biology Teachers, the journal also covers the social and ethical implications of biology and ways to incorporate such concerns into instructional programs.
Free Articles Available Online
Each month, the editor of the ABT selects one article to post online. These articles are freely available to interested readers at ABT online.
Attention: Prospective ABT Authors
We invite your manuscripts, and offer the following article categories:
Feature Article (up to 4000 words) to include:
a. Research on teaching alternatives, including evaluation of a new method, cooperative learning, concept maps, learning contracts, investigative experiences, educational technology, simulations and games and biology standards
b. Social and ethical implications of biology and how to teach them, sex education, aging and death, genetic engineering, energy, pollution, agriculture, population, health care, nutrition, sexuality, gender, and drugs
c. Reviews of recent advances in the life sciences
d. Imaginative views of the future and suggestions for coping with changes
Research on Learning (up to 4000 words) to include reports on original classroom research on innovative teaching strategies, learning methods, or curriculum comparisons. Studies should be based on a research question, hypothesis, discussion of an appropriate design and procedures, data and analysis, discussion on study limitations, and recommendations for improved learning.
Inquiry and Investigation (up to 3000 words) to include novel and engaging laboratory or field activities that address national biology standards, complete with concept explanation, materials needed, student instructions, student assessment and teacher implementation suggestions.
How-To-Do-It (up to 2000 words) include suggestions for implementation of laboratory, field, or other inquiry based classroom activities.
Quick Fix (up to 600 words) include a simple quick biology activity including motivational strategies to learn a specific concept.
Please send manuscripts using the ABT Submission Guidelines that are available for download at the bottom of this page. Questions regarding manuscript topics and content should be sent to Dr. William Leonard, ABT Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All other inquiries should be directed to Mark Penrose at email@example.com.
April 2014: RNA (Manuscripts due August 2013)
August 2014: Population Biology (Manuscripts due January 2014)
November/December 2014: Physiology (Manuscripts due April 2014)
March 2015: Microbiology (Manuscripts due September 2014)
Do you have a favorite shot that you think could grace the cover of ABT? Covers for the ABT are selected based on the quality of the image, originality, overall composition, the particular story that can be told about the organisms, and general interest to life science educators. Instructions and image submission requirements can be found by downloading the ABT Submission Guidelines.
2013 ABT Manuscript Submission Guidelines
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