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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Human cognition is influenced by natural selection which results in better information retention related to survival and faster visual recognition of potential threat. Plants are excellent models for studying human preferences because of the long evolutionary connectedness of humans with plants as food sources, although research in this field is…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Children, Adolescents, Gender Differences
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Andic, Branko; Cvijeticanin, Stanko; Maricic, Mirjana; Steševic, Danijela – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The aim of the research is to examine the contribution of applying author-generated dichotomous keys (digital key - DDK and print key - DPK) to the quality and durability of the knowledge of eighth grade students about the "Systematic and classifications of plants (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms)", as compared to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 8, Science Instruction
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Collings, David A.; Gerrard, Juliet A.; Garrill, Ashley – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
While most studies concerning how Universities respond to crises are based on simulations, we describe how the University of Canterbury responded to a real crisis, a series of major seismic events that caused significant disruption in 2010/2011. We focus on a single, first-year undergraduate biology course in which we modified our teaching…
Descriptors: Biology, Cytology, Biochemistry, College Freshmen
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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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Gardner, Grant E.; Ellen Lohr, Mary; Bartos, Stephen; Reid, Joshua W. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
One of the key agendas for the emerging field of disciplinary-based education research is the evaluation of the trajectory of disciplinary knowledge development from novice to expert. However, with the ongoing promotion of student-centered and collaborative undergraduate science classrooms, it is unknown how peer discourse during these exercises…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Majors (Students), Concept Mapping
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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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Sirovina, Damir; Kovacevic, Goran – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Family planning, the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, and women's reproductive health are topics that have received close attention for decades. It would therefore be fair to assume that there exists a good knowledge of the menstrual cycle. However, it is clear that many people have various misconceptions about the menstrual cycle and fertile…
Descriptors: Females, Physiology, Misconceptions, Visual Aids
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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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King-Heiden, Tisha C.; Litster, Megan – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The impact of evolutionary processes in understanding human health and disease is an important idea for future health professionals to understand. These students, however, typically receive little to no formal instruction in the role of evolution in not only understanding human health, but its impact on how to treat human diseases. To address this…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Learning Modules, Evolution, Anatomy
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Borsos, Eva – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study presents a new technique, the "Which plant am I?" game, which helps to increase pupils' plant knowledge, while motivate them to become familiar with more plants. On the other hand pupils' plant knowledge was tested in Serbia. The "Which Plant Am I?" game was tested with two groups of pupils (in average 11 years old).…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Biology, Plants (Botany), Educational Games
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Silva, Heslley M.; Peñaloza, Gonzalo; Tomasco, Ivanna H.; Carvalho, Graça S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Despite scientific evidence suggesting close phylogenetic relationship between chimpanzees and humans, the inclusion of these apes in the genus "Homo" is controversial. Several tools have been used to analyse this issue such as fossils, molecular clock and genome. This work intended to understand the biology teachers' conceptions about…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Latin Americans, Genetics
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Dirrigl, Frank J.; Noe, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Teaching scientific writing in biology classes is challenging for both teachers and students. This article offers and reviews several useful 'toolkit' items that instructors of science writing can use to improve college student success. The tools in this kit are both conceptual and practical, and include: (1) Understanding the role of student…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Undergraduate Students, Content Area Writing, Instructional Improvement
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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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Ragazzini, Gregorio; Mescola, Andrea; Corsi, Lorenzo; Alessandrini, Andrea – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In recent years the possibility of observing by microscopy the dynamic activity of living cells has been largely pursued. We have developed a low-cost (~ 260 euros) on-stage cell incubator for inverted optical microscopes. This device allows to keep cells in good conditions for their survival and proliferation. The device is based on the use of…
Descriptors: Cytology, Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Measurement
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