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Praxis Biology: the Environment and Society - Chapter Summary
Enhance your understanding of the relationship between the environment and society through these brief and engaging video lessons. Using examples and illustrations, the instructor will cover the following topics, which are similar in scope and content to what you'll find on the Praxis Biology test.
- Disaster management, including clean up and hurricane relief
- Global climate changes and warming: atmospheric causes, effects and mitigation tactics
- Endemic, epidemic and pandemic diseases and how they spread
- Causes, symptoms and transmission of malaria
- The orthomyxoviruses virus family, including influenza and flu shots
- Soil and water conservation
- Integrated waste management and the three methods of reducing solid waste: reuse, reduce and recycle
- Goals and purposes of the Endangered Species Act and the World Conservation Strategy
In concise and engaging video lessons, the instructor will go over each topic, using easy-to-follow visuals to help you understand the materials. To further assist you in preparing for this portion of the Praxis Biology exam, each tutorial is also accompanied by a lesson summary and an online self-assessment quiz.
Objectives of the Praxis Biology Test: the Environment and Society Course
As a prospective teacher, the Praxis Biology exam will be used to determine how well-prepared you are to teach biology to secondary school students. Roughly 7% of the multiple choice questions on the test are related to science, technology and society and include the same topics found in these lessons.
Most likely, the test content will cover some of subjects you studied in your introductory college biology courses. Through 150 multiple-choice questions, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the concepts, methods, problem-solving applications and terminology associated with biology. However, you may also find some questions that will have no effect upon your score. So you'll know what to expect on exam day, the quiz questions on the Environment and Society will be similar in content and format to the ones you'll be answering during the test.
1. Disaster Management: Dealing with an Environmental Crisis
The process of dealing with an environmental crisis begins way before the crisis takes place. In this lesson we will learn the steps of disaster management, when they occur, and why they are necessary.
2. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate
Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.
3. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
In this video lesson, you will learn about the potential effects of global climate change. You will also learn how some are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.
4. The Spread of Disease: Endemic, Epidemic & Pandemic
This lesson will talk about what an endemic disease is and how it is different from an epidemic. We'll also discuss how an epidemic differs from something known as a pandemic. Finally, we'll look at some examples of each to help solidify these points.
5. What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms
Malaria is a devastating disease that impacts millions of people worldwide every year. In this lesson, we will explore the organism that causes malaria and the disease itself.
6. The Orthomyxoviridae Virus Family: Influenza, Flu Shots, and More
When it's cold season, you'd be smart to get a flu shot. This lesson will delve into influenza pandemics, epidemics, the bird flu, the swine flu, hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, and much more as we explore the members of the Orthomyxoviridae virus family.
7. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms
Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.
8. Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use
In this lesson, you will learn about the causes of soil erosion and the impacts it has on plants and other resources. You will also learn about how erosion is prevented through land use and land monitoring.
9. Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply
This video lesson describes water resources issues such as aquifer depletion, overdrawing surface waters and salinization of irrigated soil. You will also learn about the impacts of activities affecting water resources.
10. Water Conservation: How Water Management Can Lead to Sustainable Use
In this video lesson you will learn about the importance of water conservation. You will also learn about the two ways freshwater is used, and how proper water use can lead to sustainability in agriculture, homes, and manufacturing.
11. What Is Integrated Waste Management? - Definition and Examples
There are many ways to deal with waste. In this lesson we will explore the integrated waste management system that combines many strategies. We will also discuss how you can participate in your own kitchen.
12. The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle! In this lesson, we will explore the three Rs of reducing solid waste. We will also investigate examples of each of the three Rs, and how people can do their part to help reduce solid waste.
13. The Endangered Species Act & The World Conservation Strategy: Goals & Purposes
In this lesson, you will learn about the Endangered Species Act, an environmental law that protects endangered species. You will also discover how the ESA works and how species are protected under it. Finally, you will learn how a World Conservation Strategy can help endangered and threatened species worldwide.
14. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact
In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.
15. Ethical and Safety Concerns for DNA Technology
DNA technology is very powerful and has had positive influences on many fields and industries. However, DNA technology is not perfect. In this lesson, you will explore some of the safety and ethical concerns that people have regarding this field of study.
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