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Andersson, Johanna; Löfgren, Ragnhild; Tibell, Lena A. E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2020
This paper presents a study of children's ideas of the body's internal structure. Children between four and 13 years (N = 170) individually produced drawings. During each drawing session the children explained their drawings to a facilitator and added written labels either by themselves or, if they were too young to write, with the facilitator's…
Descriptors: Human Body, Freehand Drawing, Anatomy, Science Education
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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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Verran, Joanna; Redfern, James; Moravej, Haleh; Adebola, Yvonne – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
A series of events was developed to engage audiences in discussion around the importance of microorganisms in the production of fermented foods, particularly through tasting. The events were designed to attract different audiences: families attending a science museum; families in their community space; and adults in different informal eating…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Food, Museums, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Hadjichambis, Andreas Ch.; Georgiou, Yiannis; Paraskeva Hadjichambi, Demetra; Kyza, Eleni A.; Agesilaou, Andria; Mappouras, Demetrios – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Science education is an important dimension of the European Commission's Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) objectives; however, RRI is not an explicit focus of biology teaching and few biology teachers have experience in integrating RRI in classroom practice. This study examines the impact of a three 80-minute RRI and active citizenship…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Grade 11, Science Education
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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 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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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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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend; Taylor, Neil; Bale, Colin; Kennedy, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
A greater emphasis in school curricula on the technology of science would encourage teachers to engage their students more in practical work. This in turn might be expected to improve students' attitudes towards science and enhance cognitive outcomes. The paper presents findings from a study on first-year university students' school experience of,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Education, Biology, Scientific Attitudes
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Lee, Yeung Chung; Kwok, Ping Wai – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This paper examines the feasibility of using historical case studies to contextualise the learning of the nature of science and technology in a biology lesson. Through exploring the historical development of vaccine technology, students were expected to understand the complexity of the relationships between technology and science beyond the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Badri, Masood; Yang, Guang; Al Mazroui, Karima; Mohaidat, Jihad; Al Rashedi, Asma; Al Housani, Najwa – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This study employed the international Relevance of Science Education questionnaire to survey the interest in biology and the out-of-school experiences of Abu Dhabi secondary school students (median age 17, mean age 17.53 and mode age of 16) in the third semester of 2014. It included 3100 participants. An exploratory factor analysis was used to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Gender Differences
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Güccük, Ahmet; Köksal, Mustafa Serdar – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of case teaching on how students learn about genetic engineering, in terms of meaningful learning and retention of learning. The study was designed as quasi-experimental research including 63 8th graders (28 boys and 35 girls). To collect data, genetic engineering achievement tests were…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Genetics, Concept Mapping
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Novo, M. Teresa; Casanoves, Marina; Garcia-Vallvé, Santi; Pujadas, Gerard; Mulero, Miquel; Valls, Cristina – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present a practical activity focusing on two main goals: to give learners the opportunity to experience how the scientific method works and to increase their knowledge about enzymes in everyday situations. The exercise consists of determining the amylase activity of commercial detergents. The methodology is based on a qualitative assay using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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Jenkins, Edgar – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
When the "Journal of Biological Education" was first published in 1967, biology was still very much the Cinderella of the three school sciences in many countries. Most selective secondary school biology courses readily betrayed their origins as an unconvincing coalition of botany and zoology. In the non-selective secondary modern…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biological Sciences, Science Education History, Science Education
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Jacquemart, Anne-Laure; Lhoir, Pierre; Binard, Fabian; Descamps, Charlotte – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Teaching plant identification includes demonstrating how to use dichotomous keys; this requires knowledge of numerous botanical terms and can be challenging, confusing and frustrating for students. Here, we developed a multimedia tool to help students (1) learn botanical terms, (2) practice, train and test their knowledge of plant identification…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Biology, Science Instruction, Science Education
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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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