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Casanoves, Marina; Salvadó, Zoel; González, Ángel; Valls, Cristina; Novo, Maria Teresa – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
In this paper we discuss an activity through which students learn basic concepts in genetics by taking part in a police investigation game. The activity, which we have called Recal, immerses students in a scientific-based scenario in which they play a role of a scientific assessor. Players have to develop and use scientific reasoning and…
Descriptors: Genetics, Foreign Countries, Police, Educational Games
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Scott, Fraser J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Basic mathematical fluency is a prerequisite for success in a wide array of areas in biology and it has been noted that many students are deficient in this skill. In this paper, the use of a "simulated" peer-assessment activity is investigated as a method to improve performance in numerical problem-solving questions in high school…
Descriptors: High School Students, Biology, Science Instruction, Peer Evaluation
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
We investigated usability of mobile computers and field guide books with adult botanical novices, for the identification of wildflowers and deciduous trees in winter. Identification accuracy was significantly higher for wildflowers using a mobile computer app than field guide books but significantly lower for deciduous trees. User preference…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Thomas, Rebecca L.; Fellowes, Mark D. E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
It has been suggested that few students graduate with the skills required for many ecological careers, as field-based learning is said to be in decline in academic institutions. Here, we asked if mobile technology could improve field-based learning, using ability to identify birds as the study metric. We divided a class of ninety-one undergraduate…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend; Taylor, Neil; Bale, Colin; Kennedy, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
A greater emphasis in school curricula on the technology of science would encourage teachers to engage their students more in practical work. This in turn might be expected to improve students' attitudes towards science and enhance cognitive outcomes. The paper presents findings from a study on first-year university students' school experience of,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Education, Biology, Scientific Attitudes
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Lee, Yeung Chung; Kwok, Ping Wai – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This paper examines the feasibility of using historical case studies to contextualise the learning of the nature of science and technology in a biology lesson. Through exploring the historical development of vaccine technology, students were expected to understand the complexity of the relationships between technology and science beyond the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Badri, Masood; Yang, Guang; Al Mazroui, Karima; Mohaidat, Jihad; Al Rashedi, Asma; Al Housani, Najwa – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This study employed the international Relevance of Science Education questionnaire to survey the interest in biology and the out-of-school experiences of Abu Dhabi secondary school students (median age 17, mean age 17.53 and mode age of 16) in the third semester of 2014. It included 3100 participants. An exploratory factor analysis was used to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Gender Differences
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Doidge, Megan; Lelliott, Anthony – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The choice of which language strategies to use in schools in Africa is the subject of much debate. In the Life Sciences, cultural issues associated with the use of biological terminology add to this debate. In our study, we examined the language choices made by Grade 7 Natural Sciences teachers in South Africa during their teaching of human…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Language of Instruction
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Güccük, Ahmet; Köksal, Mustafa Serdar – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of case teaching on how students learn about genetic engineering, in terms of meaningful learning and retention of learning. The study was designed as quasi-experimental research including 63 8th graders (28 boys and 35 girls). To collect data, genetic engineering achievement tests were…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Genetics, Concept Mapping
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Pirhonen, Juhani; Rasi, Päivi – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The central focus of this study is a learning method in which university students produce instructional videos about the content matter as part of their learning process, combined with other learning assignments. The rationale for this is to promote a more multimodal pedagogy, and to provide students opportunities for a more learner-centred,…
Descriptors: Emotional Experience, Student Developed Materials, Video Technology, Learning Processes
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Petersen, Morten Rask – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This study considers how students change their coherent conceptual understanding of natural selection through a hands-on simulation. The results show that most students change their understanding. In addition, some students also underwent a transformative experience and used their new knowledge in a leisure time activity. These transformative…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Hands on Science, Simulation, Biological Sciences
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Cooper, Robert A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Student reasoning about cases of natural selection is often plagued by errors that stem from miscategorising selection as a direct, causal process, misunderstanding the role of randomness, and from the intuitive ideas of intentionality, teleology and essentialism. The common thread throughout many of these reasoning errors is a failure to apply…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Misconceptions, Ecology, Evolution
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Fortun, Jenny; Morales, Ana Cecilia; Tempest, Helen Ghislaine – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Case-based learning (CBL) has been proposed as an effective method to promote student knowledge and motivation. The timing and methods for implementation have varied among schools, and data regarding the effectiveness of this pedagogy compared to other learning modalities are inconclusive. We introduced five different cases in the first course of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Medical Education, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Student Satisfaction
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Harvey, Marina; Power, Michelle; Wilson, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
One response to the global trend of increasing rates of student participation in tertiary education has been for universities to increase the number of intensive mode of delivery subjects available. This phenomenon extends to science subjects. Embarking on offering an undergraduate science subject in intensive mode for the first time at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Delivery Systems, Student Participation, Intermode Differences
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Zurita, Adolfo R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
EvoluZion is a forward-in-time genetic simulator developed in Java and designed to perform real time simulations on the evolutionary history of virtual organisms. These model organisms harbour a set of 13 genes that codify an equal number of phenotypic features. These genes change randomly during replication, and mutant genes can have null,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, Evolution, Science Instruction
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