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Mom Always Liked You Best
Examining the Hypothesis of Parental Favoritism
Clyde Freeman Herreid
This interrupted case study is based on a journal article on the parenting behavior of American coots. Working through the case, students develop hypotheses and design experiments to test their hypotheses as they are given pieces of the case in an interrupted, or progressive disclosure, case format. The case teaches students about the scientific method. As such, it would be useful in any course where one wishes to emphasize how scientists go about solving problems. The subject matter of the case makes it suitable for courses in biology, especially those focusing on evolution and ecology, and the case can be used with both science majors and non-science majors.
|Keywords:||Coot; bird; plumage; parental favoritism; preferential feeding; animal behavior; experimental design|
|Topical Area:||Scientific method|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Subject Headings:||Biology (General) Science (General) Ecology Evolutionary Biology Zoology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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