ONE of the hindrances to the more frequent introduction of science subjects into the schemes of study under the tutorial class movement has been the difficulty of arranging for the practical work necessary to supplement the theoretical side, if the subject is to be at all successfully taught. Dr. Walker, who has had a long experience of the tutorial class movement in the north of England and has a wide knowledge of the needs and difficulties of adult students of this kind, has outlined a series of practical exercises illustrating some of the elementary principles of biology which can be carried out in the class-room or the home, without any special or elaborate apparatus and at a comparatively trifling cost. The work is based chiefly on plants, but certain exercises involving the use of animals are included. The student is guided, in clear and simple language, through a series of experiments and observations on the structure, physiology, and chemistry of plants and animals, sexuality and fertilisation, inheritance and variation, while the implication of such knowledge on the problems of human society is not overlooked.
An Introduction to Practical Biology: a Course of Work based chiefly upon the Plant and arranged for Use without Special Apparatus in either the Class-room or the Home.
By Norman Walker. Pp. viii + 224. (London: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, Ltd., 1926.) 5s. net.
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An Introduction to Practical Biology: a Course of Work based chiefly upon the Plant and arranged for Use without Special Apparatus in either the Class-room or the Home . Nature 118, 440 (1926). https://doi.org/10.1038/118440b0