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Verran, Joanna; Redfern, James; Moravej, Haleh; Adebola, Yvonne – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
A series of events was developed to engage audiences in discussion around the importance of microorganisms in the production of fermented foods, particularly through tasting. The events were designed to attract different audiences: families attending a science museum; families in their community space; and adults in different informal eating…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Food, Museums, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Novo, M. Teresa; Casanoves, Marina; Garcia-Vallvé, Santi; Pujadas, Gerard; Mulero, Miquel; Valls, Cristina – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present a practical activity focusing on two main goals: to give learners the opportunity to experience how the scientific method works and to increase their knowledge about enzymes in everyday situations. The exercise consists of determining the amylase activity of commercial detergents. The methodology is based on a qualitative assay using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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Jenkins, Edgar – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
When the "Journal of Biological Education" was first published in 1967, biology was still very much the Cinderella of the three school sciences in many countries. Most selective secondary school biology courses readily betrayed their origins as an unconvincing coalition of botany and zoology. In the non-selective secondary modern…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biological Sciences, Science Education History, Science Education
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Slingsby, David – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The "Journal of Biological Education" is firmly established as the authoritative voice in the world of biological education. The journal aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, providing information, ideas and opinion, in addition to critical examinations of advances in biology research and teaching. Through the coverage of…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biology, Science Education, Theory Practice Relationship
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Christenson, Nina; Chang Rundgren, Shu-Nu – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Socio-scientific issues (SSI) have proven to be suitable contexts for students to actively reflect on and argue about complex social issues related to science. Research has indicated that explicitly teaching SSI argumentation is a good way to help students develop their argumentation skills and make them aware of the complexity of SSI. However,…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Persuasive Discourse, Student Evaluation, Models
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Achiam, Marianne; Solberg, Jan; Evans, Robert – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This article describes how inquiry teaching can be directed towards specific content learning goals while allowing for student exploration and validation of hypotheses. Drawing from the Theory of Didactical Situations, the concepts of "milieu" and "validation" are illustrated through two sample biology lessons designed to engage and challenge…
Descriptors: Teachers, Biology, Paleontology, Learning Theories
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Jacobs-McDaniels, Nicole L.; Maine, Eleanor M.; Albertson, R. Craig; Wiles, Jason R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
We developed laboratory exercises using zebrafish ("Danio rerio") and nematodes ("Caenorhabditis elegans") for a sophomore-level Integrative Biology Laboratory course. Students examined live wildtype zebrafish at different stages of development and noted shifts occurring in response to "fgf8a" deficiency. Students were introduced to development in…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Genetics, Biology, Animals
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Kinchin, Ian M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
The consideration of threshold concepts is offered in the context of biological education as a theoretical framework that may have utility in the teaching and learning of biology at all levels. Threshold concepts may provide a mechanism to explain the observed punctuated nature of conceptual change. This perspective raises the profile of periods…
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Models, Academic Achievement
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Costa da Silva, Paulo Roberto; Correia, Paulo Rogerio Miranda; Infante-Malachias, Maria Elena – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Science education is under revision. Recent changes in society require changes in education to respond to new demands. Scientific literacy can be considered a new goal of science education and the epistemological gap between natural sciences and literacy disciplines must be overcome. The history of science is a possible bridge to link these…
Descriptors: Evolution, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cartoons, Natural Sciences
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Porntrai, Supaporn; Damrongphol, Praneet – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
Giant freshwater prawn ("Macrobrachium rosenbergii" De Man) embryos can be cultured "in vitro" to hatching in 15% (v/v) artificial seawater (ASW). This technique can be applied as a bioassay for testing toxicity or for the effects of various substances on embryo development and can be used as a simple and low-cost model for…
Descriptors: Investigations, Laboratories, Biology, Foreign Countries
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Besterman, Hugo; La Velle, Linda Baggott – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper discusses some traditional approaches to the teaching of evolutionary theory at pre-university level, criticising in particular some of the more commonly used models and exemplars. Curricular demands are described and an alternative approach is suggested, using the emerging story of human evolution. Recent discoveries help to illustrate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Secondary School Curriculum
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Rees, Paul A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Textbooks for GCE Advanced Level Biology have provided over-simplified and inaccurate accounts of Charles Darwin's contribution to the study of evolution over a period of many decades. They have credited him with field skills and insight that he did not possess, and repeated several historical inaccuracies. Darwin's strength was as a synthesiser…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Biology, Misconceptions
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Marques da Silva, Jorge; Bernardes da Silva, Anabela; Padua, Mario – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
"In vivo" chlorophyll "a" fluorescence is a key technique in photosynthesis research. The recent release of a low cost, commercial, modulated fluorometer enables this powerful technology to be used in education. Modulated chlorophyll a fluorescence measurement "in vivo" is here proposed as a tool to demonstrate basic…
Descriptors: Botany, Biology, Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Sanchez, Jose Francisco; Quiles, Maria Jose – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
This paper describes an easy experiment to study the absorption and action spectrum of photosynthesis, as well as the inhibition by heat, high light intensity and the presence of the herbicide 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU) on the photosynthetic process. The method involves measuring the chlorophyll fluorescence emitted by intact…
Descriptors: Color, Inhibition, Physiology, Botany
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Dalpech, Roger – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
The rapidly changing field of bioinformatics is fuelling the need for suitably trained personnel with skills in relevant biological "sub-disciplines" such as proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics, etc. But because of the complexity--and sheer weight of data--associated with these new areas of biology, many school teachers feel…
Descriptors: Biology, Teachers, Information Technology, Higher Education
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