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Torkar, Gregor; Gnidovec, Tanja; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Tomažic, Iztok – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Many children learn about and experience animals in the everyday environment where they live and attend school. One way to obtain information about children's understanding of concepts or phenomena is by using their drawings in combination with written responses or interviews. This study assesses how much Slovenian students 10-15 years old (in…
Descriptors: Animals, Animal Behavior, Freehand Drawing, Dietetics
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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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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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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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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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Valero Haro, Anahuac; Noroozi, Omid; Biemans, Harm J. A.; Mulder, Martin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The present study investigated the effects of an online learning environment supported with worked examples and peer feedback on students' argumentative essay writing and domain-specific knowledge acquisition in the field of biotechnology. As part of a bigger project, a pre- and post-test study design was used with 45 bachelor students who were…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Demonstrations (Educational), Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Jones, Harriet L.; Green, Jon R.; Prendergast, John; Scott, Jon – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The current A-level biology curriculum includes a broad coverage of all the biosciences which demands knowledge of a wide range of biological vocabulary. Students (n = 184) from two UK universities were presented with a list of vocabulary, associated with a 'Revise Biology' text which highlighted key terms that students should know. Lecturers…
Descriptors: Biology, Teacher Expectations of Students, Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines
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Schmidt, Hiemke K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Researchers agree that an interdisciplinary approach should be taken to address bioethical issues at school. Little is known about the knowledge students need to be able to understand and take part in discussions about these issues. We investigate the relationship between 79 students' prior knowledge in various domains and their ability to recall…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Level
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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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Cofré, Hernán L.; Santibáñez, David P.; Jiménez, Juan P.; Spotorno, Angel; Carmona, Francisca; Navarrete, Kasandra; Vergara, Claudia A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The results of studies of the nature of science (NOS) as a factor that enhances students' understanding of evolution have been inconclusive. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to test the role of NOS instruction in enhancing students' learning about evolution. We used a quasi-experimental design with pre- and post-tests to investigate…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Evolution, Comprehension, Science Instruction
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Anderton, Brittany N.; Ronald, Pamela C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Despite efforts to increase teaching of biotechnology worldwide, there are concerns that public literacy of genetic technologies remains insufficient. Improved education strategies are expected to empower individuals to make informed decisions about biotechnology. To evaluate the teaching and learning of this complex topic, qualitative assessment…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Knowledge Level, Scientific Concepts, Genetics
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Sammet, Rebecca; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Exemplary for social insects, "Temnothorax" ants allow for various hands-on investigations in biology classes. The aim of this study was to provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of secondary school students' learning achievement after teaching units with ants lasting between one and six weeks. The questionnaires included…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Questionnaires
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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Research has shown that hands-on activities in biology/science education tend to improve children's attitudes towards science. These hands-on activities can influence children's interest in various ways, perhaps because they invoke varying emotions. We used a sample of 10-12-year-old children (n = 142) to examine the effect of hands-on activities…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Knowledge Level
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Neubrand, Charlotte; Harms, Ute – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Teaching and learning evolution is challenging. Biology education research shows that the underlying evolutionary concepts are poorly understood among students. This prevents a meaningful understanding of the central biological concepts. The instructional format of self-explanation prompts seems to be promising to respond to these difficulties.…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Evolution, Scientific Concepts
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Machado, Gisele F.; Melo, Guilherme D.; Perri, Silvia H. V.; Fernandes, Fernando V.; Moraes, Olívia C.; Souza, Milena S.; Grano, Fernanda G.; Silva, José E. S.; Nunes, Cáris M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Animal experimentation is a controversial topic, especially among the general public and the scientific community. Thirty-eight undergraduate students attending the College of Veterinary Medicine--São Paulo State University in the municipality of Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, were followed up between 2008 and 2011 and were asked to complete an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Veterinary Medical Education, Questionnaires
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