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Kelly, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 1990
A review of some of the different forms that biological ethics have taken in the past and of issues which are arising suggests that ethics should be taught as a part of biological education within a framework of history, futures study, training in clear thinking, and the development of empathy. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, College Science, Educational Philosophy, Ethics
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Terry, John – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Discusses the feasibility of using fermenters in secondary school laboratories. Includes discussions of equipment, safety, and computer interfacing. Describes how a simple fermenter could be used to simulate large-scale processes. Concludes that, although teachers and technicians will require additional training, the prospects for biotechnology in…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Biology, Computer Uses in Education, Computers
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Honey, John N. – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Discusses the significance of plant science in general education curricula. Considers the importance of plant studies in relation to economic needs of society and educational needs of future scientists. Illustrates some broader issues including factors which influence the selection of topics which may be included in a syllabus. (CW)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Biology, Botany, Curriculum Evaluation
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Jennings, Arthur – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Examined are implications for biology teachers of proposed changes in the national biology curriculum in Great Britain. Access to teacher training, and the nature of teacher education courses are stressed. Future prospects for inservice and preservice teachers are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries
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Carrick, Tessa – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Deals with the practical assessment of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Great Britain with regard to the requirements set forth in biology syllabi. Addresses the requirements of the British National Criteria for assessment of experimental skills, the assessment framework, and the principle of positive achievement. (TW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Cognitive Development, Course Content
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Carrick, Tessa – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Aspects of practical assessment such as question design and management of the assessment are discussed. Reference is made to some of the problems and to the possibilities for innovation as a result of implementing practical assessment of the kind required by the General Certificate of Secondary Education examining groups. (CW)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Certification, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Lock, Roger; Davies, Vaughan – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Describes the Oxford Certificate of Educational Achievement (OCEA) and the principles on which it is based. Discusses ways in which biology teachers can develop their confidence and proficiency in making assessments of process-based work. Stresses the advantages that a scheme such as OCEA can bring to a biology department. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Achievement, Biology, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria
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Gayford, Chris – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Discusses the rapid increase in interest in biotechnology. Emphasizes the implications for inservice training of teachers. Describes a means of producing a modular course which may be flexibly used for inservice work. Focuses on improving the background knowledge of teachers, giving relevant practice experience and considering various teaching…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Descriptions, Enzymes