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Lombard, François; Merminod, Marie; Widmer, Vincent; Schneider, Daniel K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Empirical data on learners' conceptual progression is required to design curricula and guide students. In this paper, we present the Reference Map Change Coding (RMCC) method for revealing students' progression at a fine-grained level. The method has been developed and tested through the analysis of successive versions of the productions of eight…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, High School Students, Biology, Secondary School Science
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Bowyer, Jessica; Darlington, Ellie – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This article reports on data from a large-scale study investigating students' mathematical transitions to higher education. Three hundred and seventy-one undergraduate bioscientists were surveyed in order to investigate their perceptions and experiences of studying post-compulsory mathematics, as preparation for the mathematics elements of their…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences, Student Surveys, Student Experience
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Novick, Laura R.; Catley, Kefyn M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The ability to interpret and reason from Tree of Life diagrams is a key component of twenty-first century science literacy. This article reports on the authors' continued development of a multifaceted research-based curriculum--including an instructional booklet, lectures, laboratories and a field activity--to teach such tree thinking to biology…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Biodiversity, Forestry
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Scheuch, Martin; Panhuber, Tanja; Winter, Silvia; Kelemen-Finan, Julia; Bardy-Durchhalter, Manfred; Kapelari, Suzanne – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Citizen science is a rapidly growing emerging field in science and it is gaining importance in education. Therefore, this study was conducted to document the pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of biology teachers who participated in a citizen science project involving observation of wild bees and identification of butterflies. In this paper,…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Observation
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Harris, Emily; Winterbottom, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Research into how and what families learn in science museums and other informal science learning settings suggests that parent-child interactions play an important role in shaping children's learning experiences. Our exploratory case study set out to discover and analyse learning happening within family groups during a visit to a traditional…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Museums, Informal Education, Parent Child Relationship
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Malik, Aamina H.; Ziermann, Janine M.; Diogo, Rui – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Textbooks on the history of biology and evolutionary thought do not mention the evolutionary ideas of Muslim scholars before Darwin's time. This is part of a trend in the West to minimise the contributions of non-Western scientists to biology, human anatomy and evolutionary biology. Therefore, this paper focuses on the contributions of…
Descriptors: Biology, Evolution, Muslims, Intellectual History
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Ferrés Gurt, Concepció; Marbà Tallada, Anna – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This case study describes a classroom-based questionnaire that was carried out with a group of 36 high school students (17-18 years old) in Catalonia. The aim was to examine the usefulness of questionnaires focused on scientific inquiry, both to evaluate students' inquiry abilities and for their potential as tools to improve the understanding of…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Inquiry, Biochemistry, Kinetics
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Nichols, Kim – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
A variety of practices and specialised representational systems are required to understand, communicate and construct molecular genetics knowledge. This study describes teachers' use of multimodal representations of molecular genetics concepts and how their strategies and choice of resources were interpreted, understood and used by students to…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Pretests Posttests, Vignettes
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Wanford, Joe; Aidley, Jack; Bayliss, Chris; Ketley, Julian; Goodwin, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Mutation, diversity, natural selection and the biology of human pathogens (including antibiotic resistance) are key features of the biosciences curriculum at A Level and undergraduate study. Few resources exist to allow students to engage with these topics in an interactive manner. This paper describes an interactive, online simulation of mutation…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Sadi, Özlem; Lee, Min-Hsien – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The purpose of this study is to compare the conceptions of learning biology (COLB) of Taiwanese and Turkish high school students. In addition, it was investigated whether there is a gender difference in students' COLB in both countries. The COLB questionnaire was implemented in both countries and students' COLB were identified. A total of 562…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, High School Students, Student Attitudes
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Scott, Pamela H.; Veitch, Nicola J.; Gadegaard, Helen; Mughal, Muhammad; Norman, Gethin; Welsh, Michelle – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Laboratories are recognised as central in science education, allowing students to consolidate knowledge and master practical skills, however, their effectiveness has been questioned. Whilst laboratory practicals are useful for students' learning of basic procedures, they have been shown to be less effective for developing conceptual understanding…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Independent Study, Biology, Molecular Biology
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Patrick, Patricia; Matteson, Shirley – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
"Science and Children" and "Science Scope" are peer-reviewed science practitioner journals that publish articles for science educators who teach children of ages 5-10 years and 10-13 years, respectively. As such, these articles are a reflection of the science concepts that are being communicated to science educators. This…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Journal Articles, Biology, Bibliometrics
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de la Fuente, Yohanis; Hokayem, Hayat – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This study investigates how lower elementary students used the technical terms in the context of ecology. We interviewed 44 students using several scenarios related to the ecosystem. We determined the general frequency of technical terms used from a preselected list commonly employed by scientists in their discourse about ecosystems. Then, we…
Descriptors: Ecology, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Skills, Interviews
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Leyrer-Jackson, Jonna M.; Wilson, Ashley K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Recent studies have been conducted in regards to the use of social- media by students and how it can impact his/her academic performance. However, much of this research has been focused on how to use social-media websites in the classroom to facilitate student learning. Therefore, we aimed to address how the use of social-media can be either…
Descriptors: Social Media, Mass Media Use, Mass Media Effects, Academic Achievement
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teaching students about human reproduction is becoming increasingly daunting as assisted reproduction technologies challenge scientific, social and legal perceptions of parenthood. Mitochondrial replacement in particular forces us to re-examine established paradigms not only in the context of human reproduction but also with regard to the way in…
Descriptors: Biology, Birth, Biotechnology, Teaching Methods
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