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Bergan-Roller, Heather E.; Galt, Nicholas J.; Helikar, Tomáš; Dauer, Joseph T. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Meaningful learning occurs by relating new information to and revising prior knowledge, making it essential to understand student knowledge before helping them move toward a more scientific understanding. In this study, we characterise prior knowledge about cellular respiration in undergraduate students enrolled in introductory biology by…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Cytology
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Murtonen, M.; Nokkala, C; Södervik, I. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
In this study, firstly, university biology students' conceptual understanding and potential misconceptions concerning meiosis were studied. Secondly, an easily applicable drawing task was used to foster students' metaconceptual awareness which would help them to reach conceptual change. A quasi-experimental design with a non-equivalent control…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Larouche, Olivier; Jolicoeur, Ludovic; Calosi, Piero – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Changes in environmental conditions can have a profound impact on organismal processes. For aquatic organisms, changes in dissolved oxygen concentration can have major repercussions, notably for physiological processes that have high long-term energetic costs and are more likely to rely on aerobic metabolic pathways. Here we propose a simple…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Activities, Marine Biology, Science Instruction
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Bhushan, Gupta Deepti – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This article describes a ten week long laboratory exercise designed for undergraduate students aimed at enhancing their understanding of physiological and biochemical responses of plants under dehydration stress. Hypothesis was built around previous reports which suggested that exogenous application of certain elicitors leads to transient…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Undergraduate Study, College Science
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Wildan, Ardan; Cheong, Brandon Huey-Ping; Xiao, Kevin; Liew, Oi Wah; Ng, Tuck Wah – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The provision of hands-on wet lab training for students to perform micro-organism proliferation experiments is useful for experiential skills development. However, the risk of laboratory-acquired infections arising from inadvertent ingestion, inhalation or skin penetration of these micro-organisms presents a safety concern. To obviate this risk,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Biology, Computer Simulation
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Mouton, Marnel – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
First-year undergraduate curricula and their delivery should assist students in the transition from previous learning experiences to learning in higher education. However, the so-called articulation gap or discontinuity between secondary and higher education has been identified as a key structural curriculum problem for first-year success in South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Projects, Active Learning, Science Curriculum
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Primo, Emiliano D.; Cossovich, Sacha; Giordano, Walter – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
"Sinorhizobium meliloti" is a bacterium of great agroeconomic importance because of its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen in symbiotic association with alfalfa ("Medicago sativa") roots, and it is often used in model studies. We investigated the effects of exopolysaccharides (EPSs) in cell-to-cell and cell-to-surface…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Laboratories
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Gould, Kevin S.; Gilbert, Amanda; Pike, Adrian J.; Menzies, Ignatius J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Microscopy skills are critical for many aspects of biology, yet they are notoriously difficult to teach, especially to large classes. We trialled the use of widescreen monitors with touch-screen capability connected to compound microscopes in an introductory-level plant biology lab. Working in teams, students used the screens to interpret,…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Manipulative Materials, Botany, Cooperative Learning
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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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Nyutu, Eva N.; Cobern, William W.; Pleasants, Brandy A. S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Introductory laboratory courses are a standard component of undergraduate science programmes and historically taught using direct instruction/confirmatory lab models. Previous studies have shown that inquiry-based labs enhance student engagement in science courses. However, research on how direct instruction introductory lab courses effectively…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Direct Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Microbiology
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Groth, Amy C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Undergraduate laboratory exercises addressing aspects of cancer biology such as increased cell proliferation, gain-of-function signaling mutations and tumour formation often rely on tissue culture or even small mammal models. Many departments have limited or no access to these tools, and even well-equipped departments face logistical problems when…
Descriptors: Cytology, Cancer, Biology, College Science
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Günter, Tugçe; Demir, F. Ebru Ofluoglu – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study investigates the impact of the Case-Based Learning (CBL) method for the topic of 'B6, B9 and B12 Vitamins' on students' academic achievement in a biochemistry course for an associate degree level in health. To this end, a case study with the title 'The Reasons for Depression: Do We Know What They Are?' was developed and implemented. The…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Science Instruction, College Science, Biochemistry
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Veresoglou, Stavros D.; Rillig, Matthias C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Because Journal Clubs (JClubs) represent valued educational tools, we often assume optimality of Journal Club practices. We analyze here JClubs records from a research group to identify factors that modify how much attendants benefit from discussing a paper. We demonstrate that attendants benefit most from papers focusing on systems similar to…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Journal Articles, Clubs, Discussion Groups
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Marshall, Pamela A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In the world of higher education, one of the struggles instructors face in the classroom is engaging students in the material. A second discussion in higher education pedagogy is how to weigh content versus activity in the science classroom. How should college teaching be set up when students now have every fact ever found at their fingertips on a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Whitenack, Lisa B.; Drew, Joshua A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Given the importance of phylogenetic trees to understanding common ancestry and evolution, they are a necessary part of the undergraduate biology curriculum. However, a number of common misconceptions, such as reading across branch tips and understanding homoplasy, can pose difficulties in student understanding. Students also may take phylogenetic…
Descriptors: Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology, Biology
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