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Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; Van Hoof, Jan; Van Petegem, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Educational field trips are common practice in environmental education and education for sustainable development, well recognised by researchers for their potential to achieve cognitive and affective educational outcomes. One of the factors that influences learning during field trips is their novelty. The current study focuses on the interplay…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Forestry, Outdoor Education
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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to investigate elementary student teachers' conceptions of teaching life science outdoors. The study involved 99 student teachers who were enrolled in an elementary science methods course at a large public university in the United States of America. The study utilised drawings, and narratives…
Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Outdoor Education, Biological Sciences
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Borsos, Eva; Patocskai, Maria; Boric, Edita – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Elementary school children spend less and less time outdoors in nature. In this way they will neither become familiar with plants and animals in their environment, nor will their environmental awareness develop. The solution for them would be to spend more quality time outdoors. In this work 170 teachers from Hungary and 170 teachers from Serbia…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education
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Eley, Charlotte Victoria; Young, Vicki Louise; Hoekstra, Beverley Ann; McNulty, Cliodna Ann Miriam – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Introduction: e-Bug is an international educational resource for young people covering microbes, hygiene and antibiotics. e-Bug supports NICE guidance on changing public behaviour around antibiotic use. This study aimed to determine educators' views of the e-Bug teacher resources to inform further development and dissemination of e-Bug. Methods:…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Lesson Plans
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Akçay, Süleyman – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
In this study, Turkish prospective elementary science teachers' understanding of photosynthesis and cellular respiration has been analysed within the contexts of ecosystem knowledge, organism knowledge and interconnection knowledge (IK). In the analysis, concept maps developed by 74 prospective teachers were used. The study was carried out with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Cofré, Hernán; Jiménez, Juan; Santibáñez, David; Vergara, Claudia – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Despite the importance of the theory of evolution to scientific knowledge, a number of misconceptions continue to be found among teachers and undergraduate students. The aim of the present study was to describe and characterise knowledge about evolution among 120 freshman undergraduate students of two natural sciences programmes (environmental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Scott, Graham W.; Boyd, Margaret; Scott, Lisa; Colquhoun, Derek – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
This paper considers a range of factors that may contribute to an unwillingness or inability of teachers to participate in the teaching of biology through fieldwork. Through a synthesis of the views of both pre-service teachers in training and primary school teachers in practice we explore the relative importance of a wide range of potential…
Descriptors: Biology, Barriers, Field Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Vidal, Manuel; Membiela, Pedro – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This study reveals and discusses the problems of future elementary teachers after they have completed a practical on germination, including the fact that such practice is conceptually more complex than is usually considered, at least when the aim is to experiment with the determinant factors for germination. In this case there seemed to be some…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Botany
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Martínez-Losada, Cristina; García-Barros, Susana; Garrido, María – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This study analysed the characteristics that children in the initial stages of schooling attribute to living beings. Interviews were conducted with 138 children aged 3-7 years in a school in the Spanish city of A Coruña, Galicia. Aspects found in pen-and-paper activities dealing with living beings, provided by the teachers (158 in total) at this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Interviews
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Boersma, Kerst; Waarlo, Arend Jan; Klaassen, Kees – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Systems thinking in biology education is an up and coming research topic, as yet with contrasting feasibility claims. In biology education systems thinking can be understood as thinking backward and forward between concrete biological objects and processes and systems models representing systems theoretical characteristics. Some studies claim that…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Measures (Individuals), Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Schussler, Elisabeth E.; Link-Perez, Melanie A.; Weber, Kirk M.; Dollo, Vanessa H. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Student knowledge about plants is typically less than student knowledge about animals. Textbooks are a commonly-used curriculum material in elementary grades and contain embedded cultural ideologies that may impact instruction. This study analyzed two nationally-syndicated elementary science textbook series to explore their presentation of plant…
Descriptors: Animals, Elementary School Science, Textbooks, Textbook Evaluation
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Mikropoulos, Tassos A.; Katsikis, Apostolos; Nikolou, Eugenia; Tsakalis, Panayiotis – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
This article reports on the design, development and evaluation of an educational virtual environment for biology teaching. In particular it proposes a highly interactive three-dimensional synthetic environment involving certain learning tasks for the support of teaching plant cell biology and the process of photosynthesis. The environment has been…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Cytology, Biology, Virtual Classrooms