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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

Animal Behavior & Education

The Animal Behavior Society's Education Committee was formed to promote quality instruction and training in the area of animal behavior.

Resources Shared by ABS Members

Check out the searchable list of animal behavior resources shared by fellow ABS members!

Do you know of or have you created any education resources? If so, share it by completing this form. The education committee will look it over and post it.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OERs are resources that are available at no cost and most can be re-distributed. To learn more about OERs- whether searching for ones to use or learning how to publish OERs, check out Michigan State University’s OER library guide.

Peer-reviewed Digital Resources

The following is a list of databases and journals in which people can publish their activities or find activities to use. It is not an exhaustive list of places to find resources, only places where teachers can publish, and it is peer-reviewed.

  • EcoEd Digital Library
    Maintained by the Ecological Society of America. Searching on terms such as “animal behavior” will help identify resources
  • National Center for Case Study Teaching in the Sciences
    Peer-reviewed database that published ready-for-the-classroom case studies and teaching notes. Small fee for access to the teaching notes and answer keys.
  • CourseSource
    Open-access peer-reviewed journal that publishes college-level activities for various biology disciplines. Developed a couple of years ago; recently started assigning DOI’s to their articles; they’re working on getting indexed.  Author instructions include a template.
  • American Biology Teacher (Author guidelines)
    Peer-reviewed journal that is indexed. Maintained by the National Association of Biology Teachers. They publish activities for K-16; there are some education research articles. A search for animal behavior articles came up with over 900 matches.
  • Journal of College Science Teaching (Author guidelines)
    Peer-reviewed journal that is indexed; maintained by NSTA. NSTA has four journals and this journal is focused on college. It has a mix of curriculum publications and science education research papers.
  • Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (Author guidelines)
    Peer-reviewed journal that is indexed. Maintained by American Society for Microbiology. Search for “behavior” had over 200 matches; primarily behavior of microbes or how microbes influence animal behavior.
  • Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching (Author guidelines)
    Peer -reviewed journal that is maintained by the Association of College and Biology Educators. They publish activities and teaching strategies that include some sort of assessment.