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Career and Technical Education: Anatomy and Physiology

Learning List has reviewed each of the career and technical education (CTE) courses submitted in response to the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2017 call for products to support instruction in Anatomy and Physiology. The Texas Education Code (TEC) specifies that Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) is a one-credit course that satisfies high school science graduation requirements and that students participating in A&P courses must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement (TEC § 130.224). Medic

Six publishers submitted comprehensive A&P products in response PROC 2017. Each course introduces students to the systems, processes, and functions of the human body, and how systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The courses are summarized briefly below.  Given the importance of vocabulary development, lab experiences, and preparation for further education and careers in A&P course work, the summaries focus on these components of each product.

  1. B.E. Publishing: Understanding Anatomy & Physiology: A Visual, Auditory, Interactive Approach, 2nd Edition: Materials are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.
  • The course is divided into five parts, or units: (1) The Organization of the Body, (2) Covering, Support, and Movement of the Body, (3) Regulation and Integration of the Body, (4) Maintenance of the Body, and (5) Continuity.
  • Each unit is made up of chapters that address the organs, systems, and processes related to the functions covered in the unit.
  • New vocabulary is highlighted in the text and defined in context. The text does not include phonetic spellings or a glossary; however, online resources include an audio glossary that defines and pronounces new terms.
  • Online resources, including animations, podcasts and interactive exercises, support independent study.

 

  1. Cengage Learning’s Body Structures and Functions, 13th Edition: Resources are available in print format and include additional online components.
  • The course begins with an overview of the instructional resources included in the course and guidance in how to use them (e.g., “Visually highlight important material and a brief history of anatomical science).
  • Subsequent chapters introduce the body’s structural units (e.g., cells, tissues), its systems and their functions (e.g., the circulatory system), and the components of each system (e.g., blood, heart).
  • New vocabulary is highlighted in the text, defined in context and in the text’s glossary, and spelled phonetically.
  • Chapters end with a “Medical Terminology” feature, a set of review exercises, a case study, and several lab activities. Medical Terminology provides lists of prefixes and suffixes and their roles in creating medical terms (e.g., intra: inside; intra/cellular: inside the cell).
  • A “Career Profiles” feature describes careers in the medical field.
  • A “One Body” feature describes the interactions between body systems (e.g., skeletal and muscular).

 

CEV Multimedia’s Anatomy & Physiology: Materials are available online and include some print components.

  • Instruction begins with a set of lessons addressing general topics (e.g., Professional Communication, Scientific Reasoning), followed by lessons addressing the body’s systems (e.g., the circulatory system) and human development (e.g., fetal and infant, adolescent male).
  • Lessons addressing medical equipment and how the body’s systems interact are provided.
  • Most content is presented in bullet-points on PowerPoint slides.
  • Additional instruction is presented using print materials and closed-captioned videos.
  • Instruction clarifies the definitions of new terms; each lesson includes a printable vocabulary sheet with definitions.
  • Lessons include video interviews with professionals working in related fields (e.g., registered nurse) and accompanying research activities.
  • Print materials for PowerPoint and video lessons include vocabulary worksheets, activities (e.g., “Labeling Homeostasis Components”), and projects (e.g., create an informational poster about blood type).
  • An accompanying “Human Body Lab Book” is required for some activities; Learning List’s reviewers did not have access to the Lab Book.

 

Goodheart-Willcox’s Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology: Resources are available in print and eBook formats and include additional online components. 

  • The course begins with a chapter titled “Foundations of Human Anatomy and Physiology” that provides an introduction to vocabulary, basic physiological processes, the effects of force on the body, the scientific method, and individuals who advanced the field (e.g., Leonardo da Vinci).
  • Subsequent chapters address unique body systems (e.g., The Nervous System) and are organized in self-contained lessons that progress in a logical order, culminating in a lesson about diseases and disorders common to the body system (e.g., “Injuries and Disorders of the Nervous System”).
  • Key vocabulary is highlighted in the chapter, defined in context, in a “Mini Glossary” at the end of the lesson, and in the glossary at the back of the book.
    • Other important terms are italicized in the text and defined in context and in the book’s glossary.
    • Terms that are difficult to pronounce are spelled phonetically.
    • Online resources include an “Audio Glossary” that pronounces new terms.
  • Vivid full-color illustrations and diagrams include accompanying critical thinking questions.
    • eBook illustrations contain links to associated animations and labeling activities on the course’s companion website.
  • Each chapter includes a Mini Glossary of key terms, a short “In the Lab” investigation, and a “Career Corner: Anatomy and Physiology at Work” feature that explores careers related to the body system covered in the chapter and contains activities in which students research the education, skills, and personal traits (e.g., teamwork and collaboration skills) required for related careers.
  • A “Student Workbook and Lab Manual” has enrichment activities for each lesson and a hands-on lab investigation and practice test for each chapter.

 

McGraw-Hill’s Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology, Texas Edition: Resources are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.

  • The course’s first unit addresses the levels of organization in the human body (e.g., cell, tissue, organ). Subsequent units address the specific functions of the body’s organ systems (e.g., Support and Movement, Reproduction), and chapters cover the systems and processes involved in the function (e.g., the skeletal system; pregnancy, growth, and development).
  • Chapters reference the TEKS addressed by instruction.
  • New vocabulary is presented in bold font and defined in context and in a glossary.
    • Terms that are difficult to pronounce include phonetic spelling.
    • Each chapter includes a “Understanding Words” feature that examines the word forms, such as stems, prefixes, and affixes, that make up the chapter’s vocabulary (e.g., “ren-, kidney: renal cortex—outer region of a kidney.”).
  • Illustrations and figures include questions that require students to analyze what they see (e.g., “What is the distance from the tongue to the duodenum, in English units?”).
  • A “Career Corner” feature introduces students to careers in anatomy and physiology (e.g., anesthesiologist assistant).
  • “InnerConnections” figures are included in some chapters and highlight how the different systems of the body interact.
  • The “High School Laboratory Manual for Human Anatomy & Physiology,” while not specific to the Hole’s course, contains 34 complementary hands-on lab activities.

Pearson’s Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease, 4th Edition: Resources are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.

  • The course frames instruction as a journey through a foreign land (i.e., the human body).
  • The text’s first chapter addresses learning the specialized “foreign” language of medical terminology and abbreviations, and the second chapter, “The Human Body: Reading the Map,” introduces students to body positions, cavities, and regions.
  • Subsequent chapters explore the organization of the body (e.g., cells and tissue), its systems (e.g., the skeletal system), and their functions (e.g., movement).
  • The course’s final chapters address basic diagnostic tests (e.g., blood tests), the scientific method, the role of anatomy and physiology in day-to-day life (e.g., personal choices and wellness), and careers and career planning.
  • Chapters begin with a list of new vocabulary with phonetic spellings.
    • New vocabulary is highlighted and defined in context, margin notes, and in the text’s glossary.
  • A variety of features help students integrate their learning and understand the real-world application of content. For example:
    • “Clinical Application” describes the real-world applications of what students are learning (e.g., sensible use of antibiotics).
    • “Applied Science” frames topics in anatomy and physiology in the context of other sciences (e.g., Forensics and Hair).
    • “Pathology Connection” describes diseases and disorders related to the concepts students are learning (e.g., diabetes mellitus).

For each of these state-adopted materials, LearningList.com features three professional reviews to inform your selection decision:

  • Spec Sheet – an overview of the material’s key academic attributes and technology requirements;
  • Editorial Review – an in-depth analysis of the materials instructional content and design, and
  • Alignment Report – the state panel’s report showing the citations that where reviewed for alignment to the each TEKS.

 

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Adoption of Materials for CTE Courses

Today, the Texas State Board of Education adopted materials for CTE Courses.  Other than the materials submitted by Red & Black, the materials on this list were adopted.

Learning List has reviewed materials for 80 CTE courses including:

  1. the courses within each strand that have the largest statewide enrollment;
  2. the courses for which publishers have submitted the highest number of products for state adoption; and
  3. the 17 CTE courses which are eligible for math or science credit.

Having reviewed many CTE materials, we provide these observations which we hope will be useful during your local selection process:weld-67640_640

  • Very few products we reviewed are specific to Texas or include direct references to the TEKS in teacher and/or student materials. Even some products that include Texas in their titles (e.g., Pearson’s “Texas Manufacturing Welding”) do not include references to the TEKS. This is likely due to the fact that many CTE products, while suitable for high school instruction, are designed to meet the needs of community college students and students in career and technical schools. However, some products contain supplemental resources, such as lesson plans and correlation documents, to help Texas teachers plan TEKS-aligned instruction.
  • Similarly, CTE products designed for post-secondary learning environments tend to have fewer supports for struggling readers, such as active reading strategies, checks for understanding, and margin notes with study tips and learning strategies, which may create challenges for their use in high school classrooms.
  • Nearly all of Calculatorthe products we reviewed addressed employment skills to some degree. Products include profiles of careers related to content, portfolio building activities, and lessons addressing job searches and skills for success in the workplace (e.g., collaboration, communication).
  • Some products are state-adopted for multiple For example, Cengage Learning’s “Personal Financial Literacy” and Goodheart-Willcox’s “Foundations of Financial Literacy” are state-adopted for both Money Matters (Subchapter F: Finance) and Dollars and Sense (Subchapter J: Human Services).
  • There is considerable overlap in content for some publishers’ submissions. For example, CEV Multimedia’s products are state-adopted for a wide range of CTE courses. CEV provides module-based online instruction, and in many cases, the same modules appear in multiple courses. For example, each of the modules that make up CEV’s “Medical Terminology” also appear in CEV’s “Principles of Health Science” (Subchapter H: Health Science). In such cases, districts will want to be careful not to pay twice for the very same content.Microscope
  • Generally speaking, we saw few supports for English language learners across CTE products. And, when we did see supports, they were minimal such as a Spanish language glossary.

For each state-adopted material in the courses listed above, Learning List has developed a Spec Sheet and Editorial Review to accompany the state’s alignment report. Here is a comparative summary of our reviews of the Money Matters and Anatomy and Physiology materials.  Subscribers may also request reviews of off-list materials for those courses.

 

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New Review: Cengage Learning’s The Earth and Its Peoples, AP Edition

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Learning List has reviewed Cengage Learning’s The Earth and Its Peoples, AP Edition. This comprehensive resource supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) world history courses and is available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.

The course presents balanced coverage of the world’s regions and focuses on the shared experiences and challenges that unite people and cultures across time. Each chapter contains a set of essays that address patterns of development across the world’s societies and cultures:

  • Environment + Technology essays explore how human interaction with physical and social environments has led to innovations that have facilitated development and growth, and led to global change.
  • Diversity + Dominance essays consider the political, social, religious, and economic institutions that have affected human experiences, shaped dominant cultures and traditions, and informed diverse societies, customs, and beliefs.
  • Material Culture essays highlight the role of everyday objects and processes in shaping our understanding of the past.

Online student materials include “CourseMate for World History” and the “Fast Track to a 5: Preparing for the AP World History Examination.”  CourseMate contains maps, videos, quizzes, practice activities, interactive vocabulary flashcards, additional primary source documents (e.g., The Code of Hammurabi), and other materials. Fast Track to a 5 provides a diagnostic test to gauge students’ readiness for the AP exam, study guides with practice quizzes for the world’s regions, and two practice tests formatted to reflect the AP exam with multiple choice and free response questions.

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[Source: Cengage Learning]

About Cengage Learning*

Cengage Learning believes that engagement is the foundation of learning… Engagement is at our core and our focus is on engaging with learners, both in the classroom and beyond, to ensure the most effective product design, learning solutions and personalized services – all to help people learn. We understand that an engaged learner is a successful one and we are leading the transition to digital with a unique faculty AND student perspective to transform learning through engagement. Our name itself reinforces this core commitment – “engage” is at the “center” of all we do.

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New Reviews: Cengage Learning’s High School Math Courses

[Source: Cengage Learning]

[Source: Cengage Learning]

Cengage Learning provides comprehensive high school mathematics courses in print and eBook formats. Courses include Mathematical Models with Applications, PreCalculus with Limits, and PreCalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach.

Mathematical Models with Applications begins with a “Chapter R” review of concepts students learned in algebra courses, and then introduces students to the uses of modeling in multiple real-world situations. Instruction addresses functions, graphing, systems of equations, probability, and statistics. Each lessons begins with a short narrative describing content, why it’s important, and how it connects to students’ lives. Informational text uses a conversational tone and is written at a level most high school students will understand. Explanations begin and end on the same page to support readability and comprehension. Important concepts are summarized in textboxes and illustrated in ample example problems that provide step-by-step solutions. The course’s page layout is uncluttered and allows students to focus on examples and easily identify solutions.

PreCalculus with Limits addresses concepts from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in order to prepare students for calculus. The course includes an introduction to calculus and the concept of limits, and its final chapter addresses concepts in statistics. Chapters open with photographs that illustrate the real-world applications of content and references to the chapter examples or exercises to which they apply. Lessons open with clear statements of learning objectives and photographs that help students connect content to everyday experiences. New content is presented with clear, concise explanations and relevant visual elements, such as graphs, photographs, and figures. Explanations begin and end on the same page to support readability and comprehension. Some examples include side-by-side demonstrations of different approaches to solving a particular problem (e.g., graphical, numerical, algebraic). Examples are followed by “Checkpoints” that ask students to solve a similar problem as an immediate check for understanding.

PreCalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach includes instruction in the use of graphing calculators, including “Explore the Concepts” graphing calculator activities and “What’s Wrong?” examples of common mistakes made with graphing utilities.

[Source: Cengage Learning]

[Source: Cengage Learning]

About Cengage: Engaged with you. Cengage Learning believes that engagement is the foundation of learning…engagement is at their core and their focus is on engaging with learners, both in the classroom and beyond, to ensure the most effective product design, learning solutions and personalized services — all to help people learn. Cengage Learning understands that an engaged learner is a successful one and they are leading the transition to digital with a unique faculty AND student perspective to transform learning through engagement. The name itself reinforces this core commitment — “engage” is at the “center” of all they do.

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New Review: Cengage Learning’s Economics

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[Source: Cengage Learning]

Cengage Learning’s Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System is a comprehensive, semester-long high school economics course. Resources are available in print and eBook formats. Instruction introduces students to basic concepts in economics, including market structures, money and banking, global trade, and the role of government and business in shaping economic policies. Each unit begins with an overview of chapter content and a set of projects that incorporate 21st century skills (e.g., communication and collaboration). Chapters begin with a “Free Enterprise in Action” feature about an individual (e.g., an entrepreneur) or event (e.g., the housing crash) related to economics.

Informational text is written in a conversational style that most high school students will understand. Content includes relevant visual elements, such as: photographs, charts, figures, and graphs, and frequent checks for understanding. The course includes profiles of key figures in economics (e.g., Steve Jobs) and a set of textbox features. Textboxes include connections between economics and mathematics, explorations of the role of ethics in economic decisions, investigations of global issues, and activities that encourage students to examine problems from the perspective of an economist.

Teacher editions provide guidance in implementing activities with students, strategies for differentiating instruction, and references to additional course resources. Point-of-use resources, such as discussion questions, answer keys, and notes to support instruction, are also included.

[Source: Cengage Learning]

[Source: Cengage Learning]

About Cengage: Engaged with you. Cengage Learning believes that engagement is the foundation of learning…engagement is at their core and their focus is on engaging with learners, both in the classroom and beyond, to ensure the most effective product design, learning solutions and personalized services — all to help people learn. Cengage Learning understands that an engaged learner is a successful one and they are leading the transition to digital with a unique faculty AND student perspective to transform learning through engagement. The name itself reinforces this core commitment — “engage” is at the “center” of all they do.

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