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Judge, Sarah; Delgaty, Laura; Broughton, Mark; Dyter, Laura; Grimes, Callum; Metcalf, James; Nicholson, Rose; Pennock, Erin; Jankowski, Karl – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
A team of six children (13-14¬†years old) developed and conducted an experiment to assess the behaviour of the planarian flatworm, an invertebrate animal model, before, during and after exposure to chemicals. The aim of the project was to engage children in pharmacology and toxicology research. First, the concept that exposure to chemicals can…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Scientific Research
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Philip, Judith M. D.; Taber, Keith S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
School science practical activities have been criticised for exposing learners to a series of phenomena disconnected from the conceptual frameworks needed to understand them. Such activities are successful in the "domain of observables" but not the "domain of ideas". Few resources exist for classroom teachers wishing to improve…
Descriptors: Biology, Inquiry, Active Learning, Hands on Science
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Tilling, Steve – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
The paper describes a national survey of biology teachers visiting Field Studies Council (FSC) centres in England and Wales. It provides data on levels of biology fieldwork at ages 11-16 (Years 7-11), and factors affecting A-level biology fieldwork provision at ages 16-19 (Years 12 and 13). The results are compared with similar data from geography…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Studies, Biology, Secondary School Teachers
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Hall, Angela; Reiss, Michael J.; Rowell, Cathy; Scott, Anne – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology is a new advanced level biology course, piloted from September 2002 in England with around 1200 students. This paper discusses the reasons for developing a new advanced biology course at this time, the philosophy of the project and how the materials are being written and the specification devised. The aim of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Pilot Projects, Educational Technology
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Welford, A. G.; Donnelly, A. F. – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
This paper shows that more pupils take biology than the other sciences in England. Biology attracts pupils of all abilities and girls in particular. Performance data reported suggests that the study of biology is not as effective in enhancing science performance as are the physical sciences. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Females, Foreign Countries