Biology is both fascinating and fun to study at the elementary and secondary level, especially when connected to everyday life. For instance, elementary students love learning about tadpoles, and secondary students enjoy examining dirty pond water under a microscope. The subject of biology piques intellectual curiosity, increases awareness of the fragile ecosystem, and stimulates critical thinking. The aims and values of teaching biological sciences should focus on the importance of appreciating the natural world and protecting planet Earth.
Understanding Living Systems
The study of biology aims to increase understanding of living systems and to allow you to consider the systems in relationship to the self and other organisms in the natural environment. An advantage of biology subjects is the application of theory to the real world. The goal is to be able to test theories developed about living things by utilizing the scientific method and then to apply the new information in a beneficial way. Science fairs and field trips provide opportunities for students to gain hands on knowledge of living systems.
Practical Applications of Biology
Biology has many applications, both in the natural environment and the environment of health and education. Studying biology allows health care workers to understand the living systems of the body and to apply the knowledge in direct ways to recover and maintain the physical health of both animal and human patients. Educators rely on biology to teach the study of life to future generations. Field biologists use biology to understand relationships between living organisms and to notice what's beneficial and what is imbalanced and toxic.
Career Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of teaching biology include introducing students to interesting career fields. Studying biology prepares you for a job working in either an educational institution or an industry in which you can be directly involved in the research and development of drugs, food-related items and biotechnology. Also, by studying biology you can become qualified to work for the government in managing such things as environmental research of animals, river systems or biological waste.
Computers, Business and Communications
At the secondary level, the aims and objectives of teaching biology extend to the integration of technology, law and business with various aspects of biology. Also, by studying biology you learn many of the skills needed to succeed in business and communications, like problem solving and project management. Biology is integrated into computers with bio-informatics and is a part of communications and business with environmental law and eco-products.