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Goulder, Raymond; Scott, Graham W. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Reviews of the state of biology fieldwork in UK schools and universities at the beginning of the twenty-first century (Barker, Slingsby, and Tilling 2002; Smith 2004) were not entirely pessimistic; rather they suggested ways forward that might lead to an increase in fieldwork. Whether their hopes have been realised has, perhaps, been revealed by…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Reiss, Michael J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
In this commentary, Michael Reiss describes his time with the "Journal of Biology Education" ("JBE") dating back to 1984 when the journal published his first article (Reiss 1984). Over the years, Reiss has authored 31 "JBE" pieces (excluding reviews) including one in honor of the journal's 25th anniversary (Reiss…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biology, Science Education, Journal Articles
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Nurse, Paul – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Understanding how science is done increases trust in science as it can be seen to be built on reliable data, rational argument and repeated testing. If science is taught as just an assemblage of facts without dealing with the process which gave rise to those facts, then why should pupils trust science more than fables or pseudoscience? Everyone…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Science and Society, Periodicals
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Coles, Tim; Poland, Roger H. C.; Clifton, Julian – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
The global expansion and diversification of the travel market has opened up new opportunities to deliver educational programmes through tourism. Applying the principles and practices commonly associated with ecotourism enables students to gain lasting benefits through their active participation in conservation-oriented activities. In many cases,…
Descriptors: Tourism, Travel, Conservation (Environment), Correlation
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Schattner, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Can learning molecular biology and genetics be enjoyable? Of course it can. Biologists know their field is exciting and fascinating and that learning how cells and molecules shape the living world is extraordinarily interesting. But can students who are not already inclined towards science also be convinced that learning molecular biology is…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Student Motivation
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Journal of Biological Education, 2014
As education in England emerges from a major curriculum review (DfE 2013), the next few years will see significant changes in what is taught in schools and how this is assessed. As a core subject, under the current proposals, all students, from the beginning of primary school until age 16, will study science in some detail. Biology is an exciting,…
Descriptors: Biology, Secondary School Science, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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El-Hani, Charbel Nino – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
In this paper, I argue that characterisations of life through lists of properties have several shortcomings and should be replaced by theory-based accounts that explain the coexistence of a set of properties in living beings. The concept of life should acquire its meaning from its relationships with other concepts inside a theory. I illustrate…
Descriptors: Evolution, Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts, Educational Theories
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Phoenix, David A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Explains the effects of current educational practices on both student learning orientations and institutions. Discusses barriers to change in the process of developing new policies and frameworks. (YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Higher Education
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Lawson, Anton E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2001
Introduces the learning cycle method in the context of biology instruction. Includes a theoretical rationale for its use as well as a brief review of key studies that have found it effective. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Holmes, Ernest J. – Journal of Biological Education, 1982
Ernest J. Holmes, one of the first teachers of "biology" in secondary schools and co-author of a seminal biology textbook, writes a personal account of teaching at a time when "biology" as a school subject was just beginning to become accepted. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Science Education History, Science Instruction
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Orlans, F. Barbara – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
Attitudes and policy developments in the United States on use of animals in education are reviewed, and the legislative position outlined. The influence of science competitions and national teacher associations on practice is discussed. The common invasive experimentation on sentient animals by young and inexperienced students is provoking…
Descriptors: Biology, Dissection, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Regulation
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Dussart, G. B. J. – Journal of Biological Education, 1990
The idea that little attention has been paid to the creativity of the craftsmanship which produces a piece of scientific writing is discussed. Examples are used to support the proposition that this craftsmanship is worth studying in biological sciences as well as the humanities. (KR)
Descriptors: Biology, Creative Thinking, Creative Writing, Scientists
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Webb, G. P. – Journal of Biological Education, 1990
The advantages and justifications for using small animals in human-oriented research are reviewed. Some of the pitfalls of extrapolating animal-derived data to humans are discussed. Several specific problems with animal experimentation are highlighted. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biomedicine, College Science, Higher Education
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Kelly, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 1990
A review of some of the different forms that biological ethics have taken in the past and of issues which are arising suggests that ethics should be taught as a part of biological education within a framework of history, futures study, training in clear thinking, and the development of empathy. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Educational Philosophy, Ethics
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Honey, J. N. – Journal of Biological Education, 1988
Examined are some of the distinctive features of the biological sciences. Discussed are the use of models with case studies, universal principles, and alternative frameworks. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Structures
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