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Wu, Jen-Yi; Tung, Yu-Neng; Hwang, Bi-Chi; Lin, Chen-Yung; Che-Di, Lee; Chang, Yung-Ta – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Various sequences for teaching genetics have been proposed. Three seventh-grade biology textbooks in Taiwan share similar key knowledge assemblages but have different knowledge arrangements. To investigate the influence of knowledge arrangements on student understanding of genetics, we compared students' reading comprehension of the three texts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Grade 7, Reading Comprehension
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Cisterna, Dante; Williams, Michelle; Merritt, Joi – American Biology Teacher, 2013
This study explores upper-elementary and early-middle-school students' ideas about cells and inheritance and describes patterns of understanding for these topics. Data came from students' responses to embedded assessments included in a technology-enhanced curriculum designed to help students learn about cells and heredity. Our findings suggest…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Heredity, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Rop, Charles J. – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Biology teachers know how important it is for them and for their students to engage first-hand with nature. Ideally, bringing students to fields, woodlands, and wetlands to observe, explore, and wonder is the best way to stimulate curiosity and practice scientific inquiry. However, for many reasons, field excursions are not always practical or…
Descriptors: Entomology, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Science Activities