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Mutanen, Justus; Uitto, Anna – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Biology education should be relevant to young students so that they can become interested in biology and understand biological topics in their everyday and vocational lives. We conducted interviews and collected mind maps to examine Finnish pre-service biology teachers' (N = 16) views on the relevance of biology education. Furthermore, we analysed…
Descriptors: Biology, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Preservice Teacher Education
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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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Chang, Pei-Shan; Lee, Sheng-Han; Wen, Meichun Lydia – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The central dogma of biology is difficult to learn because its microscopic processes cannot be visualized. This study aimed to devise two inquiry activities: 'Button Code' and 'Beaded Bracelet Making,' involving the concepts of DNA replication and protein synthesis based on the Metacognitive Learning Cycle (MLC) for students, and to explore the…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Inquiry, Active Learning, Biology
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Düsing, Katharina; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study investigates students' conceptions of the carbon cycle with regard to the components they believe to be relevant to the carbon cycle, how they interrelate these components, the ways in which they trace carbon atoms, and the different levels of biological organisation they consider when doing so. A total of 142 students aged 13-16 years…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Satterthwait, Donna – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In this paper, I explore how seamless embedding of four mathematical concepts: counting, ratio, distribution, and statistical significance, into a unit on inheritance enables students to gain a deeper insight into biological phenomena than a qualitative only approach achieves. The topic of Mendelian inheritance is used to illustrate this proposal.…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Genetics, Mathematical Concepts
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Lin, Show-Yu; Lin, Chen-Yung; Hsin, Ming-Chin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Visual representations are a familiar element of daily life and particularly beneficial as illustrations in science textbooks. In this case, learners draw on human dimensions such as cognitive style (CS) and prior knowledge (PK) when engaging in visual thinking. This study aimed to compare and explore the relationships among the format aspect…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Visual Learning, Cognitive Style, Illustrations
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Nawani, Jigna; von Kotzebue, Lena; Spangler, Michael; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Constructing scientific explanations of natural phenomena is an important aim of science education. Explanation oriented science teaching approaches encourage learners to engage in sense-making discussions and construct the causal accounts of the phenomena under study. This article demonstrates a lesson-design model that guides biology teachers on…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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Andic, Branko; Cvijeticanin, Stanko; Maricic, Mirjana; Steševic, Danijela – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The aim of the research is to examine the contribution of applying author-generated dichotomous keys (digital key - DDK and print key - DPK) to the quality and durability of the knowledge of eighth grade students about the "Systematic and classifications of plants (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms)", as compared to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 8, Science Instruction
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Sirovina, Damir; Kovacevic, Goran – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Family planning, the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, and women's reproductive health are topics that have received close attention for decades. It would therefore be fair to assume that there exists a good knowledge of the menstrual cycle. However, it is clear that many people have various misconceptions about the menstrual cycle and fertile…
Descriptors: Females, Physiology, Misconceptions, Visual Aids
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de Cavalho, Julio Cesar Queiroz; Beltramini, Leila Maria; Bossolan, Nelma Regina Segnini – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The present work aimed to investigate the contribution of the board game 'Synthesizing Proteins' to the understanding of protein synthesis by high school students, based on the socio-interactionist theory of Vygotsky. Fifteen students (six from a public school and nine from a private school) participated in the research, which had three stages:…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Biochemistry
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Tsybulsky, Dina; Dodick, Jeff; Camhi, Jeff – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
In this study we designed, implemented, and evaluated an outreach programme for high-school biology students rooted in the 'science as inquiry' approach. Accordingly, students learn about science from experts in the field, as well as through in-class exposure to the history and philosophy of science. Our sample consisted of 11th graders (n = 497),…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Biology, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Špernjak, Andreja; Šorgo, Andrej – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This paper reports on the contribution to biological knowledge of three different laboratory technologies and also endeavours to discover which technology students prefer the most. To examine differences in knowledge gained and learners' preferences for different technologies in biology laboratory work, we prepared three variants (triplets) of…
Descriptors: Differences, Biology, Foreign Countries, Grade 6
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Cofré, Hernán L.; Santibáñez, David P.; Jiménez, Juan P.; Spotorno, Angel; Carmona, Francisca; Navarrete, Kasandra; Vergara, Claudia A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The results of studies of the nature of science (NOS) as a factor that enhances students' understanding of evolution have been inconclusive. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to test the role of NOS instruction in enhancing students' learning about evolution. We used a quasi-experimental design with pre- and post-tests to investigate…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Evolution, Comprehension, Science Instruction
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van Weelie, Daan; Boersma, Kerst – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The finding that biodiversity is a concept with different context-specific meanings has implications for its conceptual development when students are required to apply it in a diversity of contexts. An approach that may overcome these implications is that students learn to recontextualise one meaning to another. Since no empirical studies were…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Biology, Science Education, Context Effect
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Lombard, François; Merminod, Marie; Widmer, Vincent; Schneider, Daniel K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Empirical data on learners' conceptual progression is required to design curricula and guide students. In this paper, we present the Reference Map Change Coding (RMCC) method for revealing students' progression at a fine-grained level. The method has been developed and tested through the analysis of successive versions of the productions of eight…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, High School Students, Biology, Secondary School Science
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