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Martín-Gámez, Carolina; Acebal, María del Carmen; Prieto, Teresa – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
We studied the initial conceptions of 73 pre-service primary teachers regarding the concept of ecosystem and examined how their understanding evolved as a result of participation in an inquiry-based learning exercise. The inquiry process involved identifying students' initial conceptions, making them aware of these, comparison of their ideas with…
Descriptors: Ecology, Active Learning, Inquiry, Preservice Teachers
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Kwon, Seung-Hyuk; Lee, Yeong-Ji; Kwon, Yong-Ju – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This paper presents an active learning approach that focuses on practical investigation of the ecosystem of tidal flats using 3D modeling and printing for biology students in order to enhance understanding of natural selection. The learning approach for the study followed a 5-step procedure: i) learning about 3D modeling and printing, ii)…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Ecology, Environmental Education, 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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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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Francis, Robert A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Urban ecology has matured as a field of investigation. This paper explores how well it has transitioned into the educational curricula of UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by mapping the presence of urban ecological or environmental topics across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The prevalence of different topics, the level at…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Ecology, Higher Education, Graduate Study
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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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Wyner, Yael; Blatt, Erica – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study used sociocultural learning theory to better understand how middle and high school environmental science and biology students and pre- and in-service science teachers connect the daily life activity of eating to the food web model learned in school. We sought to understand how student and teacher perceptions of the environment and their…
Descriptors: Food, Eating Habits, Ecology, Middle School Students
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de la Fuente, Yohanis; Hokayem, Hayat – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This study investigates how lower elementary students used the technical terms in the context of ecology. We interviewed 44 students using several scenarios related to the ecosystem. We determined the general frequency of technical terms used from a preselected list commonly employed by scientists in their discourse about ecosystems. Then, we…
Descriptors: Ecology, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Skills, Interviews
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Cooper, Robert A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Student reasoning about cases of natural selection is often plagued by errors that stem from miscategorising selection as a direct, causal process, misunderstanding the role of randomness, and from the intuitive ideas of intentionality, teleology and essentialism. The common thread throughout many of these reasoning errors is a failure to apply…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Misconceptions, Ecology, Evolution
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Zangori, Laura; Koontz, Jason A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Undergraduate biology majors require biological literacy about the critical and dynamic relationships between plants and ecosystems and the effect human-made processes have on these systems. To support students in understanding systems relationships, we redesigned an undergraduate botany course using an ecological framework and embedded systems…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Biology, Majors (Students)
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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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Hokayem, Hayat; Ma, Jingjing; Jin, Hui – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
This study examines to what extent elementary students use feedback loop reasoning, a key component of systems thinking, to reason about interactions among organisms in ecosystems. We conducted clinical interviews with 44 elementary students (1st through 4th grades). We asked students to explain how populations change in two contexts: a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Interviews, Feedback (Response), Learning Processes
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Jussila, Terttu; Virtanen, Viivi – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Virtual Forest is a web-based, open-access learning environment about forests designed for primary-school pupils between the ages of 10 and 13 years. It is pedagogically designed to develop an understanding of ecology, to enhance conceptual development and to give a holistic view of forest ecosystems. Various learning tools, such as concept maps,…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Forestry, Ecology, Virtual Classrooms
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Drissner, Jürgen Reinhold; Haase, Hans-Martin; Wittig, Susanne; Hille, Katrin – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The "Green Classroom" in the Botanical Garden of the University of Ulm is a learning forum outdoor school that is used by about 2500 school students annually. Its educational concept is based on experiential learning and is geared towards expanding students' biological knowledge and developing positive attitudes towards small animals and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Effectiveness, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries
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