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A biology educator’s perspective on ‘life’

Davies, P; (2020) A biology educator’s perspective on ‘life’. School Science Review , 101 (376) pp. 36-39. Green open access

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Abstract

Defining what is meant by ‘life’ seems, on the face of it, straightforward. But, as this article explores, once you delve below the surface you find that providing a definition that everyone agrees upon is nearly impossible. By first considering how biologists and philosophers of science debate the issue of defining life, the article then goes onto explore the implications of this for the biology classroom. Finally, the debate is widened to include the ‘meaning of life’, suggesting that a cross-curricular approach to addressing questions of this type is a powerful approach for students to work with.

Type: Article
Title: A biology educator’s perspective on ‘life’
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ase.org.uk/resources/school-science-re...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Philosophy of science, Multidisciplinary
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10107361
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