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Nichols, Kim – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
A variety of practices and specialised representational systems are required to understand, communicate and construct molecular genetics knowledge. This study describes teachers' use of multimodal representations of molecular genetics concepts and how their strategies and choice of resources were interpreted, understood and used by students to…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Pretests Posttests, Vignettes
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend; Taylor, Neil; Bale, Colin; Kennedy, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
A greater emphasis in school curricula on the technology of science would encourage teachers to engage their students more in practical work. This in turn might be expected to improve students' attitudes towards science and enhance cognitive outcomes. The paper presents findings from a study on first-year university students' school experience of,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Education, Biology, Scientific Attitudes
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Harvey, Marina; Power, Michelle; Wilson, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
One response to the global trend of increasing rates of student participation in tertiary education has been for universities to increase the number of intensive mode of delivery subjects available. This phenomenon extends to science subjects. Embarking on offering an undergraduate science subject in intensive mode for the first time at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Delivery Systems, Student Participation, Intermode Differences
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van Lieshout, Emile; Dawson, Vaille – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Modern biotechnology has a large and rapidly increasing impact on society. New advances in genetics, stem cells and other areas hold great potential for human health but also presenting socioscientific issues that commonly divide public opinion. While knowledge is necessary to develop informed opinions about biotechnology, they may also be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Biotechnology, High School Students
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend; Taylor, Neil; Bale, Colin – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Diagrams feature prominently in science education, and there has been an increase in research focusing on students' use of them in knowledge construction. This paper reports on an investigation into first year university students' perceptions of scale and size at the cellular level. It was found that many students appeared to tacitly assume that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Textbooks
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Bonser, Stephen P.; de Permentier, Patrick; Green, Jacinta; Velan, Gary M.; Adam, Paul; Kumar, Rakesh K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Student interest in botany and enrolment in plant sciences courses tends to be low compared to that in other biological disciplines. One potential way of increasing student interest in botany is to focus on course material designed to raise student enthusiasm and satisfaction. Here, we introduce and evaluate virtual microscopy in botany teaching.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Botany, Feedback (Response), Student Interests
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Morin, Olivier; Simonneaux, Laurence; Simonneaux, Jean; Tytler, Russell – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Scientific expertise and outcomes often give rise to controversy. An educational response that equips students to take part in such discussions is the teaching of socially acute questions (SAQs). With SAQs, the understanding of uncertainty, risk and how knowledge is developed is central. This study explores the way in which students from different…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Thinking Skills, Science and Society, Environmental Education
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McCabe, Bernadette – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
The ability to appreciate the inter-connectedness of complex biological relationships can be difficult for many students. Graphical knowledge in the form of concept maps and flow charts are learning tools which can assist students to recognise the inter-connectivity. This report focuses on a trial which incorporates these two related visual…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Time Management, Visual Learning, Maps
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Burrows, G. E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Understanding flower structure is important from many perspectives such as keying out plants, understanding fruit structure, investigating pollinator biology and in plant breeding. Probably the most complicated parts of a flower are the female components (the gynoecium). Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, it is not possible for much of the…
Descriptors: Botany, Biology, Student Diversity, Web Based Instruction
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MacFarlane, Geoff R.; Markwell, Kevin W.; Date-Huxtable, Elizabeth M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
Based on the criteria of Ramsden (1992) of contextual factors that encourage a deep approach to learning, an independent, open-ended field-based activity for students of behavioural ecology was designed and implemented. The project was designed to create an authentic learning activity that allowed responsible choice in the method and content…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies
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Lewis, Alison; Peat, Mary; Franklin, Sue – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Protein synthesis is a complex process and students find it difficult to understand. This article describes an interactive discussion "game" used by first year biology students at the University of Sydney. The students, in small groups, use the game in which the processes of protein synthesis are actioned by the students during a…
Descriptors: Biology, Genetics, Scientific Concepts, Universities
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Dawson, Vaille; Schibeci, Renato – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
This study reports on the attitudes towards biotechnology of 905, 15-16 year-old students from 11 Western Australian schools. Students were asked to read 15 statements about biotechnology processes and to draw a line to separate what they considered "acceptable" statements from those they considered "unacceptable". Overall, the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biotechnology, High School Students, Foreign Countries
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Tsui, Chi-Yan; Treagust, David – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Over the past decades, genetics has remained a difficult topic in school science. This paper presents an interactive multimedia program, "BioLogica", used to teach Grade 10 (14- and 15-year-olds) Australian students about genetics. Over six weeks, the teacher used different representations in the teaching and engaged students in computer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Genetics
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Franklin, Sue; Peat, Mary; Lewis, Alison – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Describes a study that investigates both the use and usefulness of laboratory dissections and computer-based dissections in a tertiary, first-year human biology course. Explores attitudes toward dissection. (DDR)
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Uses in Education, Dissection, Foreign Countries
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Reiss, Michael J.; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Andersen, Annemarie Moller; Bartoszeck, Amauri; Carvalho, Graca S.; Chen, Shao-Yen; Jarman, Ruth; Jonsson, Stefan; Manokore, Viola; Marchenko, Natalya; Mulemwa, Jane; Novikova, Tatyana; Otuka, Jim; Teppa, Sonia; Van Rooy, Wilhelmina – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Investigates young peoples' knowledge and the culture influence using a cross-sectional approach. Involves n=586 pupils from 11 different countries and analyzes resultant drawings using a seven point scale where the criterion was anatomical accuracy. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Anatomy, Biology, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries
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