New book on teaching in the plant sciences for sale!

springer teaching coverMy edited volume, Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences is in production, with an anticipated release date in March 31, 2014! Visit the publisher website to pre-order the book!


  • Chapters will provide various creative ways to engage students in the plant sciences, including the use of ethnobotany to relate cultural impact worldwide
  • Chapters will be contributed by leaders in the field
  • Affordable and accessible in content for teachers and botany specialists alike

Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences focuses on innovative ways in which educators can enrich the plant science content being taught in universities and secondary schools. Drawing on contributions from scholars around the world, various methods of teaching plant science is demonstrated. Specifically, core concepts from ethnobotany can be used to foster the development of connections between students, their environment, and other cultures around the world. Furthermore, the volume presents different ways to incorporate local methods and technology into a hands-on approach to teaching and learning in the plant sciences. ​

Written by leaders in the field, Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences is a valuable resource for teachers and graduate students in the plant sciences.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Biology – Botany – Education – Ethnobotany – Plant sciences

Related subjects » EcologyLearning & InstructionPlant SciencesScience Education


Part I. Defining the Needs of Educators and Students

Chapter 1. Carrying Plant Knowledge Forward in the USA
Patricia Harrison

Chapter 2. Lessons Learned in Development of an Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum Support Organization
Will McClatchey and K.W. Bridges

Chapter 3. The Contribution of Ethnobiology to Teaching Plant Sciences: Student and Faculty Perspectives
Sofia A. Vougioukalou, Keri Barfield, Ryan D. Huish, Laura Shiels, Sunshine L. Brosi, and Patricia Harrison

Chapter 4. From Learning to Teaching: Bridging Students’ Experience and Teachers’ Expectations
Valentina Savo and Ursula M. Arndt
Part II. Introducing Fundamental Skills

Chapter 5. Research-Based Learning
Gail E. Wagner

Chapter 6. Aligning Plant Identification Curricula to Disciplinary Standards Through the Framework of Student-Centered Learning
Sunshine L. Brosi and Ryan D. Huish

Chapter 7. Cultivation of Local Botanical Knowledge or Knowledge of Nature Using Interdisciplinary, Innovative, and Mind/Brain-Based Techniques
Karen C. Hall and April T. Sawey
Part III. Connecting Students to Plants

Chapter 8. “What’s That Called?” Folk Taxonomy and Connecting Students to the Human-Nature Interface
Nanci J. Ross

Chapter 9. Learning from the Land: Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into the Plant Sciences
Michael Benedict (Mohawk), Kelly Kindscher, and Raymond Pierotti

Chapter 10. Pedagogy and Botany of the Columbian Biological Exchange: The 1491 Meal
John Richard Stepp

Chapter 11. Teaching Plant Science in School and Community Settings
Lisa Carolina Gonzalez

Chapter 12. Using Community Resources for Ethnobotany Courses
Al Keali‘i Chock
Part IV. Teaching Through Field Experiences

Chapter 13. Learning in Paradise:  The Role of Botanic Gardens in University Education
Bradley C. Bennett

Chapter 14. Teaching Ethnobotany Through Field Research: A Case Study Integrating Conservation with Tibetan Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Jan Salick

Chapter 15. Excursions in Teaching Plant Science Through the Local Ethnobotany of the Food-Medicine Continuum: Field Trips to Traditional Specialty Food Markets
Cedric Barrett Baker and Gokhan Hacisalihoglu

Chapter 16. Ecosystem Excitement: Using Everyday Items, Projects, Field Trips, and Exotic Images to Connect Students to Plants
Maria Fadiman
Part V. Integrating Technology

Chapter 17. Teaching Ethnobiology Online at a Canadian Distance Learning University
Leslie Main Johnson and Janelle Marie Baker

Chapter 18. Linking Student Skill-Building with Public Outreach and Education
Cassandra L. Quave