Teaching herpetology

E. R. Pianka, D. M. Hillis, D. C. Cannatella, M. J. Ryan, J. J. Wiens

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Because science currently tends toward reductionism, taxon-oriented courses such as herpetology require a multidisciplinary, concept-oriented perspective. Such an approach encourages integration of ideas rather than a focus on details. One must learn to ask and answer questions and to make mental connections rather than merely to acquire facts. Few career opportunities exist for a 'herpetologist', and undergraduate students are better off acquiring a diversity of intellectual skills and tools. Nonetheless. organisms and their particulars continue to motivate and stimulate us.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S3-S5
Issue number2 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1998


  • Education
  • Herpetology
  • University of Texas at Austin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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