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Andersson, Johanna; Löfgren, Ragnhild; Tibell, Lena A. E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This paper presents a study of children's ideas of the body's internal structure. Children between four and 13 years (N = 170) individually produced drawings. During each drawing session the children explained their drawings to a facilitator and added written labels either by themselves or, if they were too young to write, with the facilitator's…
Descriptors: Human Body, Freehand Drawing, Anatomy, Science Education
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Lampert, Peter; Müllner, Bernhard; Pany, Peter; Scheuch, Martin; Kiehn, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Understanding plant reproduction is an important goal in biology education. Unfortunately, various studies show that students have difficulties in connecting the stages of plant reproduction. Students' conceptions of the processes of sexual reproduction (e.g. pollination and seed dispersal) remain unclear, although these conceptions appear crucial…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Bergan-Roller, Heather E.; Galt, Nicholas J.; Helikar, Tomáš; Dauer, Joseph T. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Meaningful learning occurs by relating new information to and revising prior knowledge, making it essential to understand student knowledge before helping them move toward a more scientific understanding. In this study, we characterise prior knowledge about cellular respiration in undergraduate students enrolled in introductory biology by…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Cytology
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Murtonen, M.; Nokkala, C; Södervik, I. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
In this study, firstly, university biology students' conceptual understanding and potential misconceptions concerning meiosis were studied. Secondly, an easily applicable drawing task was used to foster students' metaconceptual awareness which would help them to reach conceptual change. A quasi-experimental design with a non-equivalent control…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Chang, Pei-Shan; Lee, Sheng-Han; Wen, Meichun Lydia – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The central dogma of biology is difficult to learn because its microscopic processes cannot be visualized. This study aimed to devise two inquiry activities: 'Button Code' and 'Beaded Bracelet Making,' involving the concepts of DNA replication and protein synthesis based on the Metacognitive Learning Cycle (MLC) for students, and to explore the…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Inquiry, Active Learning, Biology
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Primo, Emiliano D.; Cossovich, Sacha; Giordano, Walter – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
"Sinorhizobium meliloti" is a bacterium of great agroeconomic importance because of its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen in symbiotic association with alfalfa ("Medicago sativa") roots, and it is often used in model studies. We investigated the effects of exopolysaccharides (EPSs) in cell-to-cell and cell-to-surface…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Laboratories
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) is most recalled in the history of biology for his Recapitulation Theory and the allegedly fudged illustrations of embryos that he presented in support of that case. Less well known is his contribution to abiogenesis theory, which he incorporated into evolutionary theory. In so doing, Haeckel, a vitriolic atheist, was…
Descriptors: Science History, Microbiology, Evolution, Scientific Concepts
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Latourelle, Sandra M.; Elwess, Nancy L.; Ryan, Amy B. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Enzymatic activity is at the core of biological reactions. Understanding them and the chemical and environmental factors that affect reaction rates is critical for biology students. The laboratory experiment proposed here investigated these concepts, while requiring students to document, graph data, analyse results using statistics, and…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Scientific Concepts
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Ylostalo, Joni H. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Students in a mixed majors undergraduate microbiology class often struggle with basic genetics concepts, generating gaps in their overall understanding of genetics. This can be a result of employing the traditional block style of instruction that focuses on teaching skills and concepts one topic at a time. Here I present a simple, yet innovative…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, College Science, Microbiology
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Düsing, Katharina; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study investigates students' conceptions of the carbon cycle with regard to the components they believe to be relevant to the carbon cycle, how they interrelate these components, the ways in which they trace carbon atoms, and the different levels of biological organisation they consider when doing so. A total of 142 students aged 13-16 years…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Mouton, Marnel; Archer, Edward – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Institutions of Higher Education have grappled with the predicament of first-year success and epistemological access for years. Recently, a study employed Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) to elucidate why students who performed relatively well in high school biology struggled with the subject in first-year. This study shed valuable light on this…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Semantics
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Jones, Harriet L.; Green, Jon R.; Prendergast, John; Scott, Jon – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The current A-level biology curriculum includes a broad coverage of all the biosciences which demands knowledge of a wide range of biological vocabulary. Students (n = 184) from two UK universities were presented with a list of vocabulary, associated with a 'Revise Biology' text which highlighted key terms that students should know. Lecturers…
Descriptors: Biology, Teacher Expectations of Students, Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines
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Nawani, Jigna; von Kotzebue, Lena; Spangler, Michael; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Constructing scientific explanations of natural phenomena is an important aim of science education. Explanation oriented science teaching approaches encourage learners to engage in sense-making discussions and construct the causal accounts of the phenomena under study. This article demonstrates a lesson-design model that guides biology teachers on…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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Rodríguez Gil, Sergio Gustavo; Fradkin, Maia; Castañeda-Sortibrán, América Nitxin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
We have designed and tested an exercise to detect misconceptions among students about meiosis, a fundamental concept in genetics. A total of 30 students responded to a questionnaire, all of whom were in the fifth semester of the Biology bachelor's degree program offered by the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Our…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Pierce, Amanda A.; de Man, Tom J. B. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The evolution of resistance to antibiotics provides a timely and relevant topic for teaching undergraduate students evolutionary biology. Here, we present a module incorporating modified sequencing data from eight antibiotic resistant pathogen outbreaks in hospital settings with bioinformatics and phylogenetic analyses. This module uses whole…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Science Instruction, Evolution, Biology
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