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Neubrand, Charlotte; Harms, Ute – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Teaching and learning evolution is challenging. Biology education research shows that the underlying evolutionary concepts are poorly understood among students. This prevents a meaningful understanding of the central biological concepts. The instructional format of self-explanation prompts seems to be promising to respond to these difficulties.…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Evolution, Scientific Concepts
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Rybska, Eliza; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Sajkowska, Zofia Anna – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Trees are important to the environment owing to their ecological services. However, many aspects of their form and function are poorly understood by the public. From their earliest years, children have an elementary knowledge about plants which they gain from their everyday observations, their parents and other people and from their kindergarten…
Descriptors: Forestry, Kindergarten, Elementary School Students, Age Differences
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Machado, Gisele F.; Melo, Guilherme D.; Perri, Silvia H. V.; Fernandes, Fernando V.; Moraes, Olívia C.; Souza, Milena S.; Grano, Fernanda G.; Silva, José E. S.; Nunes, Cáris M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Animal experimentation is a controversial topic, especially among the general public and the scientific community. Thirty-eight undergraduate students attending the College of Veterinary Medicine--São Paulo State University in the municipality of Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, were followed up between 2008 and 2011 and were asked to complete an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Veterinary Medical Education, Questionnaires
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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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Holmqvist Olander, Mona; Olander, Clas – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This study investigated beliefs about climate change among Swedish secondary school students at the end of their K-12 education. An embedded mixed method approach was used to analyse 51 secondary school students' written responses to two questions: (1) What implies climate change? (2) What affects climate? A quantitative analysis of the responses…
Descriptors: Climate, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Beliefs
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Dyrberg, Nadia Rahbek; Treusch, Alexander H.; Wiegand, Claudia – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Potential benefits of simulations and virtual laboratory exercises in natural sciences have been both theorised and studied recently. This study reports findings from a pilot study on student attitude, motivation and self-efficacy when using the virtual laboratory programme Labster. The programme allows interactive learning about the workflows and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects, Self Efficacy
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Lax, Neil; Morris, James; Kolber, Benedict J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Incorporation of active learning into large lecture classes is gaining popularity as a pedagogical method due to its known benefits in helping learning outcomes. A more recent active learning technique that has emerged is the flipped classroom. In this study, we investigated the effects of incorporating a "partial-flip" into an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Introductory Courses, Active Learning
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Métioui, Abdeljalil; Matoussi, Fathi; Trudel, Louis – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
In this article we present a synthesis of the research affecting pupils' conceptions of photosynthesis and plant nutrition. The main false conceptions of the pupils identified in this literature review are: that green plants find their food in the soil; that water and mineral salts are sufficient to the growth of a plant; the role of chlorophyll,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Botany, Scientific Concepts
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de Oliveira, Mayara Lustosa; Galembeck, Eduardo – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Cell biology apps were surveyed in order to identify whether there are new approaches for modelling cells allowed by the new technologies implemented in tablets and smartphones. A total of 97 apps were identified in 3 stores surveyed (Apple, Google Play and Amazon), they are presented as: education 48.4%, games 26.8% and medicine 15.4%. The apps…
Descriptors: Cytology, Biology, Science Instruction, Telecommunications
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Schedlbauer, Jessica L.; Nadolny, Larysa; Woolfrey, Joan – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The interdisciplinary science of conservation biology provides undergraduate biology students with the opportunity to connect the biological sciences with disciplines including economics, social science and philosophy to address challenging conservation issues. Because of its complexity, students do not often have the opportunity to practise…
Descriptors: Biology, Forestry, Ethics, Decision Making
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Lee, Hung-Shan; Liu, Shiang-Yao; Yeh, Ting-Kuang – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
This study was designed to exemplify how hands-on based teaching strategies enhanced students' knowledge and positive attitudes towards sharks. Hands-on activities for sharks' biological and morphological features were carried out. Eleven elementary school students from a remote area in Taiwan were recruited and assigned to the hands-on condition.…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods
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Wierdsma, Menno; Knippels, Marie-Christine; van Oers, Bert; Boersma, Kerst – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Since concepts may have different meanings in different contexts, students have to learn to recontextualise them, i.e. to adapt their meanings to a new context. It is unclear, however, what characteristics a learning and teaching strategy for recontextualising should have. The study aims to develop such a learning and teaching strategy for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Teaching Methods, Cytology
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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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Hadjichambis, Andreas Ch.; Georgiou, Yiannis; Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Demetra; Kyza, Eleni A.; Mappouras, Demetrios – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Despite the importance of understanding how the human reproductive system works, adolescents worldwide exhibit weak conceptual understanding, which leads to serious risks, such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Studies focusing on the development and evaluation of inquiry-based learning interventions, promoting the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Gender Differences, Grade 7, Science Instruction
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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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