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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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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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Pietsch, Renée B.; Bohland, Cynthia L.; Schmale, David G., III. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Biological flight mechanics is typically taught in graduate level college classes rather than in secondary school classes. We developed an interdisciplinary unit for advanced upper-level secondary school students (ages 15-18) to teach the principles of flight and applications to biological systems. This unit capitalised on the tremendous…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Mechanics (Physics)
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Dennis, Catherine – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Darwin's theory of evolution is explicitly competitive, yet co-operation between individuals is a common phenomenon. The Prisoner's Dilemma model is central to the teaching of the evolution of co-operation. The best-known explorations of the Prisoner's Dilemma are the tournaments run by Robert Axelrod in the 1980s. Aimed at students of biological…
Descriptors: Game Theory, Evolution, Cooperation, Biology
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Falk, Hedda; Yarden, Anat – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Different genres of scientific articles have begun to diffuse into science curricula. Among them, adapted primary literature (APL) retains the characteristics of scientific research articles, while adapting their contents to the knowledge level of students in the 11th to 12th grades. We present three models for the teaching and learning of the…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Knowledge Level, Periodicals, Teaching Methods
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Strgar, Jelka – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
On first contact, students express less interest in plants than in animals. With suitable didactic methods, however, the teacher can actively interest students in plants. In our research we attempted to quantify the influence of these methods. 184 students of three age groups took part in the experiment. We used eight plants (one artificial). We…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Plants (Botany), Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
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Cleaves, Anna; Toplis, Rob – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
The theory of evolution by natural selection is contrasted in the media, and in some schools, with creationist ideas, in which the diversity of life on Earth is said to be the result of direct species-by-species creation, not of evolution. More recently, the Intelligent Design movement has claimed that "certain features of the universe and of…
Descriptors: Evolution, Creationism, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers
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Ottander, Christina; Grelsson, Gunnel – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
We describe a case study of an in-service professional development project with four experienced biology teachers in two upper secondary schools. The objective was to better understand the role of laboratory work (labwork) in science education with a special emphasis on assessment. Research questions include the following: 1. What does the teacher…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Biology, Case Studies, Professional Development
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Willmott, Christopher J. R.; Wellens, Jane – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
There is growing awareness of the need to equip students to think through the ethical implications of developments in biology. We describe an exercise in which students work in teams to produce websites about current controversial issues within the subject. Participants report a significant improvement in their knowledge of bioethics and…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Ethics, Biology, Web Sites
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Clifford, Paul – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
Problem solving is an ideal learning strategy, especially for topics that are perceived as difficult to teach. As an example, a format is described for a problem-solving session designed to help students understand the pressure-flow hypothesis of phloem transport in plants. Five key facts and their discussion can lead to the conclusion that a…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Problem Solving, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Botany
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Katayama, Nobuyasu; Kanaizuka, Yasuhiro; Sudarmi, Rini; Yokohama, Yasutsugu – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
The method for extracting and separating hydrophobic photosynthetic pigments proposed by Katayama "et al." ("Japanese Journal of Phycology," 42, 71-77, 1994) has been improved to introduce it to student laboratories at the senior high school level. Silica gel powder was used for removing water from fresh materials prior to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Chemistry, Laboratories, Botany
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Forissier, Thomas; Clement, Pierre – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
"Biological identity" is the result of interactions between the environment and the genome. These interactions, however, were not taught before 2001. In the French syllabus for 16-year-old students, two of the five sections on genetics deal with biological identity. We analysed the texts and images of the chapters relating to these two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Genetics, Environmental Influences
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Kinchin, Ian M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
The teaching units within the National Science Strategy can be summarised diagrammatically. Presentation in this format makes it easier for teachers and students to visualise progression routes through Key Stage 3. An example is given for the key idea of cells. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Standards, Visual Aids, Educational Strategies
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Seel, D. C. – Journal of Biological Education, 1984
To contribute usefully to a lecture, slides containing tabulated or diagrammatic textual information need to be simple and legible. Such slides can be made by following a few straightforward rules and techniques. Several of these rules and techniques are provided. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Higher Education, Material Development
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Honey, J. N. – Journal of Biological Education, 1984
A polarizing microscope can considerably enhance the teaching of plant anatomy. Instructions for adapting a normal teaching microscope for use as a polarizing microscope are provided. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Botany, Microscopes, Science Education
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