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Kwon, Seung-Hyuk; Lee, Yeong-Ji; Kwon, Yong-Ju – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This paper presents an active learning approach that focuses on practical investigation of the ecosystem of tidal flats using 3D modeling and printing for biology students in order to enhance understanding of natural selection. The learning approach for the study followed a 5-step procedure: i) learning about 3D modeling and printing, ii)…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Ecology, Environmental Education, Biology
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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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Drissner, Jürgen Reinhold; Haase, Hans-Martin; Wittig, Susanne; Hille, Katrin – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The "Green Classroom" in the Botanical Garden of the University of Ulm is a learning forum outdoor school that is used by about 2500 school students annually. Its educational concept is based on experiential learning and is geared towards expanding students' biological knowledge and developing positive attitudes towards small animals and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Effectiveness, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries
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Petrou, Stella; Korfiatis, Konstantinos – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This study presents the results of a pilot learning intervention for improving children's ideas about plant protection. The research was executed in two phases. The first phase aimed at exploring children's ideas about plant protection. These ideas were taken into account for the design and development of a digital learning environment. The second…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Conservation (Environment), Educational Environment, Electronic Learning
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Ju, Eun Jeong; Kim, Jae Geun – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
In this study, we developed an educational programme using soil seed banks to promote ecological literacy among primary school-aged children. The programme consisted of seven student activities, including sampling and setting soil seed banks around the school, watering, identifying seedlings, and making observations about the plants and their…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Ecology, Foreign Countries
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Drissner, Jurgen; Haase, Hans-Martin; Hille, Katrin – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
The "Green Classroom" in Ulm is an experiential learning forum outside school. Its educational concept is based on experimental learning and is geared towards expanding biological knowledge and developing environmental attitudes regarding preservation and utilisation of nature. We assessed the environmental attitude of 92 students before…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Evaluation, Environmental Education, Motivation
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Demetriou, Dorita; Korfiatis, Konstantinos; Constantinou, Constantinos – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
The ability to comprehend trophic (nutritional) relationships and food web dynamics is an essential part of environmental literacy. However, students face severe difficulties in grasping the variety of causal patterns in food webs. We propose a curriculum for comprehending trophic relations in elementary school. The curriculum allows students to…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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Hipkins, Rosemary; Bull, Ally; Joyce, Chris – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
There is growing recognition of the importance of helping children to develop an ability to think about biological and environmental issues in terms of systems interactions and impacts. Several progressions have been published that suggest how their conceptual understandings may develop over time. However these are not necessarily as informative…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Familiarity, Ecology, Systems Approach
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Magntorn, Ola; Hellden, Gustav – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper reports on a study of ecology teaching and learning in a Swedish primary school class (age 10-11 yrs). A teaching sequence was designed to help students read nature in a river ecosystem. The teaching sequence had a "bottom up" approach, taking as its starting point a common key organism--the freshwater shrimp. From this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Concept Mapping, Ecology, Elementary School Students
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Barraza, Laura; Cuaron, Alfredo D. – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
In this study we analysed the familiarity and understanding of 10 environmental concepts amongst Mexican and English school children (aged 7 to 9). The investigation considered the impact of the educational system and the school ethos on the formation of environmental concepts. Results reveal that in general, children of this age have a low to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Familiarity, Values