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Stevens, Laura; Kopnina, Helen; Mulder, Karel; De Vries, Marc – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2021
Preliminary empirical research conducted by the leading author has shown that design students using biological analogies, or models across different contexts, often misinterpreted these, intentionally or unintentionally, during design. By copying shape or form without integrating the main function of the mimicked biological model, students failed…
Descriptors: Industrial Arts, Design, Sustainability, Engineering Education
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Clark, Caron A. C.; Helikar, Tomáš; Dauer, Joseph – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2020
The creation and analysis of models is integral to all scientific disciplines, and modeling is considered a core competency in undergraduate biology education. There remains a gap in understanding how modeling activities may support changes in students' neural representations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of simulating a model…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Undergraduate Students, Biology
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Jansen, Susanne; Knippels, Marie-Christine P. J.; van Joolingen, Wouter R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Models are very important tools when learning and communicating about science. Models used in secondary school biology education range from concrete scale models, such as a model of a skeleton, to abstract concept-process models, such as a visualisation of meiosis. Understanding these concept-process models requires a profound understanding of the…
Descriptors: Models, Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Pillay, Ché S. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2020
Jupyter notebooks are widely used for data analysis across a large number of scientific disciplines. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I developed a series of computational exercises using the Jupyter notebook to replace the laboratory exercises usually undertaken in my course. My students had no prior coding knowledge and therefore these…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Cuperman, Dan; Verner, Igor M. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
This article considers student analogical reasoning associated with learning practice in creating bio-inspired robots. The study was in the framework of an outreach course for middle school students. Fifty eighth and ninth graders performed inquiries into behavior and locomotion of snakes and designed robotic models using the BIOLOID robot…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Robotics, Models, Biological Sciences
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Babaian, Caryn; Kumar, Sudhir – American Biology Teacher, 2021
We present a drawing discovery lab that crosscuts multiple disciplines in biology and links concepts in genetics and evolutionary thinking to enhance understanding of the genotype-to-phenotype transformation. These combined concepts are also linked to ecological frameworks in nature through the model of biological plasticity. Students and teachers…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Casanova, Emily L.; Widman, Cheryl J. – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2021
Background: The Medical Model of disability focuses on diagnosed conditions. It is used in policy particularly to categorise people. This enables predictions and forecasting about the size of policy needs but tends to homogenise disability representations, assigning a negative evaluation to illness that may be irrespective of patho-anatomical…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Medicine, Models, Diversity
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Gilissen, Melde G. R.; Knippels, Marie-Christine P. J.; van Joolingen, Wouter R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2021
The main aim of this study is to teach students to take a systems perspective in understanding complex biological problems. Two lessons were designed and tested in two secondary classes (15- to 16-year-old students), using a lesson study approach. Three students from each class were observed more closely when visualizing and reasoning about two…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Systems Approach
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Del Giudice, Marco – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2015
Middle childhood is a key transitional stage in the development of attachment processes and representations. Here I discuss the middle childhood transition from an evolutionary-developmental perspective and show how this approach offers fresh insight into the function and organization of attachment in this life stage. I begin by presenting an…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Child Development, Children, Developmental Stages
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Tomchuk, David; Anderson, Barton E. – Athletic Training Education Journal, 2021
Context: "Tensegrity" is a structural-organization model initially described in the architecture and design fields. By applying tensegrity design principles to biological structures, scientists have developed "biotensegrity" to explain a complex systems-on-systems structural-organization philosophy for integrated human…
Descriptors: Physiology, Athletics, Allied Health Occupations Education, Educational Change
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Grünkorn, Juliane; Upmeier zu Belzen, Annette; Krüger, Dirk – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Research in the field of students' understandings of models and their use in science describes different frameworks concerning these understandings. Currently, there is no conjoint framework that combines these structures and so far, no investigation has focused on whether it reflects students' understandings sufficiently (empirical evaluation).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comprehension, Models, Secondary School Students
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Foster, Nathan C.; Bennett, Simon J.; Causer, Joe; Elliott, Digby; Bird, Geoffrey; Hayes, Spencer J. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2020
The reduced efficacy of voluntary imitation in autism is suggested to be underpinned by differences in sensorimotor processing. We examined whether the imitation of novel atypical biological kinematics by autistic adults is enhanced by imitating a model in a predictable blocked practice trial order. This practice structure is expected to…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Imitation, Perceptual Motor Learning
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Halpin, Patricia; Donahue, Ann E.; Johnson, Kathryn M. S. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2020
Experiential learning experiences (ELEs), opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills critically in a hands-on environment, are fundamental to the apprenticeship model of biological and biotechnological sciences. ELEs enhance student-learning gains, increase career readiness, and provide important networking opportunities. However,…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Reflection, Experiential Learning
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Santos, Ana Rita; Kanellopoulos, Alexandros K.; Bagni, Claudia – Learning & Memory, 2014
The Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most frequent form of inherited mental disability and is considered a monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorder. FXS is caused by a triplet expansion that inhibits the expression of the "FMR1" gene. The gene product, the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), regulates mRNA metabolism in brain…
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Mental Retardation, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism
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Correa Rodriguez, Jorge Carlos – English Language Teaching Educational Journal, 2020
Teaching modifies the brain of the learners. In that respect, providing teachers with information about ways in which the brain learns could allow them to enhance their practices. Similarly, language teachers should also embrace what experts and theories from Educational Neuroscience and Mind, Brain and Education Science (MBE) Science can offer to…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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