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Found in FOR SEA Curriculum Guides Grades 6-12

Books That Inspire Marine Biology

compiled by:
John Trowbridge
Southeastern Louisiana University
Dept. of Teacher Education
SLU-749
Hammond, LA 70402

and
Jim Wandersee
Graduate Studies in Biology Education
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
Louisiana State University
LA 70803

Results of a survey of 1200 marine educators and scientists concerning the use of marine literature for instructional purposes.


Recommended Readings by All Groups
(includes noninstructional books)

Top 25 Suggested titles out 583 suggested books and 416 different titles:
Rank Title Author
1. The Sea Around Us Rachel Carson
2. Log From the Sea of Cortez John Steinbeck
3. Beautiful Swimmers William Warner
4. Life and Death of the Salt Marsh John and Mildred Teal
5. Edge of the Sea Rachel Carson
6. Kon Tiki Thor Heyerdahl
7. The Living Dock Jack Rudloe
8. Moby Dick Herman Melville
9. Old Man and the Sea Ernst Hemmingway
10. Silent Spring Rachel Carson
11. Sailing Alone Around the World Joshua Slocum
12. Seaside Naturalist Deb Colulombe
13. Under the Sea Wind Rachel Carson
14. Cannery Row John Steinbeck
15. Chesapeake James Michener
16. Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell
17. Marine Biology Coloring Book Niesen
18. Outermost House Henry Betson
19. Silent World Jacques Cousteau
20. Soundings Frank Searles
21. Time of the Turtle Jack Rudloe
22. Voyage of the Beagle Charles Darwin
23. Waves and Beaches Willard Bascom
24. Whale for the Killing Farley Mowatt
25. Year of the Crab William Sargent

Books Instructors Suggest
Their Students Read

Top 5 of 81 titles given:

Rank Title Author
1. Log From the Sea of Cortez John Steinbeck
2. Moby Dick Herman Melville
3. The Sea Around Us Rachel Carson
4. Life and Death of the Salt Marsh John and Mildred Teal
5. Cannery Row John Steinbeck

Books Selected as Required
Reading in Courses Taught

Top 10 of 125 titles:

Rank Title Author
1. Life and Death of the Salt Marsh John and Mildred Teal
2. Beautiful Swimmers William Warner
3. Kon Tiki Thor Heyerdahl
4. Old Man and the Sea John Steinbeck
5. The Sea Around Us Rachel Carson
6. Two Years Before the Mast R.H. Dana
7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
8. Silent Spring Rachel Carson
9. Whale for the Killing Farley Mowatt
10. Under the Sea Wind Rachel Carson

Books That Influenced Respondents or
Which Influenced Their Job Choice

Top 5 of 49 titles:

Rank Title Author
1. Between Pacific Tides Ed Rickets
2. Silent Spring Rachel Carson
3. The Sea Around Us Rachel Carson
4. Log From the Sea of Cortez John Steinbeck
5. Silent World Jacques Cousteau

Books With Which Respondents Philosophically Identify

Out of 37 suggested titles only two books were suggested by three people:

Rank Title Author
1. Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold
2. Silent Spring Rachel Carson
 

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