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Heemann, Tim; Hammann, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This paper reports on findings from an analysis of trait-formation tasks in the genetic sections of high school biology textbooks. Drawing on studies exploring a range of problems in students' explanations of trait formation, we investigated trait-formation tasks and analysed their potential for knowledge integration and multi-level mechanistic…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Activities, Secondary School Science, Biology
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Patrick, Patricia; Matteson, Shirley – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
"Science and Children" and "Science Scope" are peer-reviewed science practitioner journals that publish articles for science educators who teach children of ages 5-10 years and 10-13 years, respectively. As such, these articles are a reflection of the science concepts that are being communicated to science educators. This…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Journal Articles, Biology, Bibliometrics
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Tatner, Mary; Tierney, Anne – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The development and evaluation of a two-week laboratory class, based on the diagnosis of human infectious diseases, is described. It can be easily scaled up or down, to suit class sizes from 50 to 600 and completed in a shorter time scale, and to different audiences as desired. Students employ a range of techniques to solve a real-life and…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Problem Based Learning, Science Laboratories
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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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Pietsch, Renée B.; Bohland, Cynthia L.; Schmale, David G., III. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Biological flight mechanics is typically taught in graduate level college classes rather than in secondary school classes. We developed an interdisciplinary unit for advanced upper-level secondary school students (ages 15-18) to teach the principles of flight and applications to biological systems. This unit capitalised on the tremendous…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Mechanics (Physics)
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Kragten, Marco; Admiraal, Wilfried; Rijlaarsdam, Gert – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Process diagrams are important tools in biology for explaining processes such as protein synthesis, compound cycles and the like. The aim of the present study was to measure the ability to solve process-diagram problems in biology and its relationship with prior knowledge, spatial ability and working memory. For this purpose, we developed a test…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Biology, Problem Solving, Cognitive Ability
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João Fonseca, Maria; Costa, Patrício; Lencastre, Leonor; Tavares, Fernando – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Excessive exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes sunburn and has been consistently associated with increased susceptibility to melanoma and skin ageing. Acknowledging the need to promote healthy sun exposure habits, numerous educational initiatives have been developed to raise public awareness towards this issue. However, studies…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, At Risk Persons, Health Promotion, Cancer
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Mafra, Paulo; Lima, Nelson; Carvalho, Graça S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Experimental science activities in primary school enable important cross-curricular learning. In this study, experimental activities on microbiology were carried out by 16 pupils in a Portuguese grade-4 classroom (9-10?years old) and were focused on two problem-questions related to microbiology and health: (1) do your teeth carry microbes? (2) why…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Dental Health, Health Education
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Heyduck, Birgit; Harms, Ute – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Our out-of-school practical exercise was designed to bring upper secondary school students in contact with one of the most exciting and expanding topics in biology today: epigenetics. In school, students only study the basics in genetics and the respective investigation techniques as provided by the syllabus. For a practical exercise in…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Students
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Olander, Clas – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This paper explores affordances in teaching evolution, especially those in which evolution is made relevant to and argued for in a grade 9 biology classroom, thus giving potential answers to the pupils' legitimate question,"'why am I learning evolution?" The aim of the paper is methodological in the sense that it explores whether the…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Evolution, Grade 9, Biology
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Vergnoux, A.; Allari, E.; Sassi, M.; Thimonier, J.; Hammond, C.; Clouzot, L. – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
The impact of humans on aquatic systems is covered in French high schools in the "Premiere" level (ages 16 to 17) by students studying economics and social sciences. We designed experiments to teach critical thinking about water pollution and how citizens can act to minimise it. The experimental session, which lasts three consecutive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animals, Water Pollution, Ecology
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Dunkerton, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
In September 2002, Salter's Nuffield Advanced Biology ("SNAB") began a three year pilot phase in schools, representing the first major innovation in UK biology education since the 1970s. One part of the AS level coursework was a report on an "Issue of Biological Interest". This could be based on an actual visit outside school…
Descriptors: Biology, Teaching Methods, Science Activities, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Banks, Stephen W.; Shepherd, Deborah K.; Williams-Hart, Tara; Gossett, Dalton R.; Crnkovic, Amanda C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper is based upon a laboratory exercise designed for biology students in secondary schools or those taking introductory biology laboratory courses in colleges and universities. This exercise requires a set of calipers, a calculator and populations of snail shells collected either from the wild or obtained from a biological supply house. The…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Biology, Probability, Science Activities
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Tomkins, Stephen; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Primary school pupils in the UK today may be less familiar with natural objects, less exposed to formal natural history teaching and have less time given to school-based observation and discussion of natural objects. This study of children's responses to a "Nature Table" of displayed natural objects was designed to assess pupils'…
Descriptors: Photography, Familiarity, Students, Observation
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Goulder, Raymond; Scott, Graham – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
This paper describes how second/third year undergraduates with little prior botanical knowledge, attending a one-week field course in Western Scotland, were enabled to complete within one day an intensive phytosociological exercise. They showed that two stands of heathland vegetation were objectively different through identification of plants,…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Botany, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students
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