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Rodríguez Gil, Sergio Gustavo; Fradkin, Maia; Castañeda-Sortibrán, América Nitxin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
We have designed and tested an exercise to detect misconceptions among students about meiosis, a fundamental concept in genetics. A total of 30 students responded to a questionnaire, all of whom were in the fifth semester of the Biology bachelor's degree program offered by the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Our…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Pierce, Amanda A.; de Man, Tom J. B. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The evolution of resistance to antibiotics provides a timely and relevant topic for teaching undergraduate students evolutionary biology. Here, we present a module incorporating modified sequencing data from eight antibiotic resistant pathogen outbreaks in hospital settings with bioinformatics and phylogenetic analyses. This module uses whole…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Science Instruction, Evolution, Biology
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Asmus, Stephen E.; Batey, Kaylind G.; Gale-Butto, Serena N.; Schmitt, Barrie L. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Cell migration, a fundamental process in development, wound healing, and immune function, is a common topic in undergraduate cell biology courses. We developed laboratory exercises with an inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach in which cell migration could be examined with the scratch assay, adapted from the primary literature. A narrow scratch…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Biology, Cytology, Inquiry
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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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Marshall, Pamela A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In the world of higher education, one of the struggles instructors face in the classroom is engaging students in the material. A second discussion in higher education pedagogy is how to weigh content versus activity in the science classroom. How should college teaching be set up when students now have every fact ever found at their fingertips on a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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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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Whitenack, Lisa B.; Drew, Joshua A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Given the importance of phylogenetic trees to understanding common ancestry and evolution, they are a necessary part of the undergraduate biology curriculum. However, a number of common misconceptions, such as reading across branch tips and understanding homoplasy, can pose difficulties in student understanding. Students also may take phylogenetic…
Descriptors: Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology, Biology
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Carolan, K.; Verran, J.; Amos, M.; Crossley, M.; Redfern, J.; Whitton, N.; Louttit, D. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Vaccination coverage in the United Kingdom is below the level recommended by the World Health Organisation, and when vaccination coverage is not sufficient, outbreaks of infectious diseases can occur. In 2015, coverage of the first dose of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine declined in the United Kingdom for the first time since 2008, indicating a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immunization Programs, Communicable Diseases, Health Education
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Fernández Fernández, María del Mar; Jiménez Tejada, María Pilar – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The cell is a key concept, and accurate knowledge of it is essential for understanding many phenomena and biological processes, as well as the overall functioning of living beings. However, learning about this concept is not simple. Regarding this concept, we examined the views concerning problems that could be encountered by Master's students…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Cytology, Masters Programs, Natural Sciences
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Lucrezi, Serena; Milanese, Martina; Danovaro, Roberto; Cerrano, Carlo – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Marine biology is an increasingly preferred study major and career among youth. This is particularly the case of countries with extensive coastlines, such as Italy. In order to understand what exactly is fuelling this trend, and whether it culminates in the successful absorption of marine biologists as valued workforce by society, this study…
Descriptors: Marine Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Elwess, Nancy L.; Latourelle, Sandra M.; Myers, Luke – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
DNA Barcoding is a powerful molecular biology tool for the identification of species, analysis of gene flow from within and between populations and evaluating species concepts. The process can be incorporated into a college genetics or bioinformatics core curriculum. Here we demonstrate how, by simply using Plecoptera, we actively engaged students…
Descriptors: Genetics, Molecular Biology, College Science, College Students
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Tsybulsky, Dina; Dodick, Jeff; Camhi, Jeff – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
In this study we designed, implemented, and evaluated an outreach programme for high-school biology students rooted in the 'science as inquiry' approach. Accordingly, students learn about science from experts in the field, as well as through in-class exposure to the history and philosophy of science. Our sample consisted of 11th graders (n = 497),…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Biology, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Borsos, Eva; Patocskai, Maria; Boric, Edita – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Elementary school children spend less and less time outdoors in nature. In this way they will neither become familiar with plants and animals in their environment, nor will their environmental awareness develop. The solution for them would be to spend more quality time outdoors. In this work 170 teachers from Hungary and 170 teachers from Serbia…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education
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Shen, Jie – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The development and evaluation of a two-session laboratory class, based on Geneswitch technology and sex determination in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, is described. Geneswitch system allows conditional control of gene expression. A laboratory exercise has been devised for sophomores in order to illustrate how Geneswitch technology can be…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Genetics, Entomology
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Tal, Tali; Tsaushu, Masha – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Our interpretative study that was carried out in a science and engineering oriented university examined the ways students in an introductory biology course perceived their learning in the course that was substantially changed to allow student-centered learning. The instructional change was framed by the view of learning as a sociocultural activity…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Biology, Science Instruction, College Science
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