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Lampert, Peter; Müllner, Bernhard; Pany, Peter; Scheuch, Martin; Kiehn, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Understanding plant reproduction is an important goal in biology education. Unfortunately, various studies show that students have difficulties in connecting the stages of plant reproduction. Students' conceptions of the processes of sexual reproduction (e.g. pollination and seed dispersal) remain unclear, although these conceptions appear crucial…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Kervinen, Anttoni; Uitto, Anna; Juuti, Kalle – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Fieldwork is an important part of biology as well as science and biology education. However, teachers perceive several reasons for the limited use of fieldwork in schools. Further, outdoor education is often organised as a single fieldtrip guided by outdoor educators, and little research has been done on fieldwork as a regular part of formal…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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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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Fanta, Daniela; Braeutigam, Julia; Riess, Werner – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Developing students' systems thinking is an often-posed demand in education for sustainable development (ESD) and science literacy. Several studies have shown that systems thinking can be fostered in students of different education levels. Therefore, science teachers who are required to teach ESD-relevant topics should be proficient in systems…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Sustainable Development, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Hiltunen, Matti; Kärkkäinen, Sirpa; Keinonen, Tuula – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Inquiry-based learning has generally accepted by scholars as a most effective teaching approach in biology education. The talk during inquiry-based teaching needs to be practiced. There is less evidence how student teachers talk with students during their inquiry-based biology instruction. This knowledge is needed in supporting student teachers to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Meyerhöffer, Nina; Dreesmann, Daniel C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This paper presents an instructional model to incorporate English-language communication between international practicing scientists and English learners into secondary science lessons. The aim was to identify a method that lets pupils practice English as the language of science and that elicits positive affective attitudes in the form of…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, German, Native Language
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Aguilera, David; Perales-Palacios, Francisco Javier – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The investigation has demonstrated that the science teaching strategy employed moderates the interest of students in learning the subject, along with academic achievement. In this article we used a mixed method design in a sample of secondary education students (n = 57) to examine the effect of the participative teaching approach in attitudes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Biology, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Benhadi-Marín, Jacinto; Pereira, José Alberto; Sousa, José Paulo; Santos, Sónia A. P. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Individual based models (IBMs) are up-to-date tools both in research and educational areas. Here we introduce an IBM built on NetLogo platform that simulates a top-down trophic cascade controlled by the pressure exerted by two model predators (web-building spiders and ground runner spiders) on a model pest (the olive fruit fly) within a…
Descriptors: Biology, Models, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Asshoff, Roman; Düsing, Katharina; Winkelmann, Tamara; Hammann, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Students often have misconceptions about terrestrial carbon flows and there is a lack of coherence in students' explanations regarding the different levels of biological organisation at which these processes occur. In this study, problem-based teaching materials on the topic of terrestrial carbon flows were developed and tested with 15 students…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Biology, Problem Based Learning
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Mouton, Marnel; Archer, Edward – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Institutions of Higher Education have grappled with the predicament of first-year success and epistemological access for years. Recently, a study employed Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) to elucidate why students who performed relatively well in high school biology struggled with the subject in first-year. This study shed valuable light on this…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Semantics
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Biology
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Kumandas, Bahar; Ateskan, Armagan; Lane, Jennie – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Teachers need to be aware of biology misconceptions in their classrooms and how to address them. In response, researchers and science educators have suggested and examined effective practices to prevent and ameliorate misconceptions. An extensive review of the literature gives researchers and educators insights into trends, practices, and gaps in…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Content Analysis
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Braund, Martin; Ahmed, Zaiboenisha – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Two volunteer BEd student teachers in their fourth year of a BEd degree at a metropolitan university in the Western Cape of South Africa designed and taught lessons to two classes of the same age and ability in grade 7 (ages 12-13), using drama role-plays (intervention) and more conventional non-drama methods (control). Lessons were observed and…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Role Playing, Teaching Methods
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Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana; Lenz, Adam; Ivanovitch, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Research has focused on identifying and overcoming determinants that impede widespread adoption of instructional interventions, with little empirical examination of postsecondary educators' perceptions about these interventions. We explored postsecondary biology educators' sensemaking of education improvement interventions targeting undergraduate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
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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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