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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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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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Karris, Georgios; Martinis, Aristotelis; Kabassi, Katerina; Dalakiari, Aggeliki; Korbetis, Malamo – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The current study aims at monitoring, measuring and evaluating the 'Safe havens for wild birds' campaign, implemented within the framework of the LIFE programme, in Greece and more specifically in the Ionian Islands. The study detects attitude changes that occurred in three target groups (pupils, local hunters and residents) on three islands where…
Descriptors: Social Change, Animals, Foreign Countries, Program Effectiveness
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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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Azevedo, Maria Manuel; Ricardo, Elizabete; Teixeira Dos Santos, Rita; Pina-Vaz, Cidália; Rodrigues, Acácio Gonçalves – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
Background: Recent studies shows lack of knowledge concerning health literacy relatively microorganism/disease and the correct use of antibiotics. These facts lead to the spreading of resistant strains bacteria. Aims: The overarching goals of this study were a) to promote health literacy predominantly in respect to microorganism/disease, diseases…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Health Education, Middle School Students, Pretests Posttests
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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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Almeida, António; García Fernández, Beatriz; Strecht-Ribeiro, Orlando – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The present study compared Portuguese and Spanish children in the 6th year of primary school in terms of their knowledge and live experience of animals from the Iberian Peninsula (IP) and the African savannah. A questionnaire was administered to 420 children from state schools, 215 from Portugal and 205 from Spain. The questionnaire included…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Elementary School Science
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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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Tomažic, Iztok; Hummel, Eberhard; Schrenk, Marcus; Rupnik, Tina; Randler, Christoph – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
The use of live animals in instruction plays an important role in biological education, with the intention that attitudes and emotions should be positively influenced. To date, studies in this field have given mixed results, and there has certainly been a lack of studies on student attitudes and knowledge of poisonous and venomous animals. This…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Science Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Brown, James A. L. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
To succeed, undergraduate science students need to both acquire knowledge, and learn to apply it effectively. Here a novel 1st year undergraduate module (incorporating blended learning, applied bioinformatic skills and scientific posters) is described and its effectiveness evaluated (quantitatively and qualitatively). The aims were to engage…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Science Process Skills, Hands on Science
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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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