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Kong, Yi; Anderson, Trevor; Pelaez, Nancy – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Evolutionary trees are key tools for modern biology and are commonly portrayed in textbooks to promote learning about biological evolution. However, many people have difficulty in understanding what evolutionary trees are meant to portray. In fact, some ideas that current professional biologists depict with evolutionary trees are neither clearly…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Biology, Evolution, Concept Mapping
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Fowler, S. R.; Zeidler, D. L. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore science content used during college students' negotiation of biology-based socioscientific issues (SSI) and examine how it related to students' conceptual understanding and acceptance of biological evolution. The Socioscientific Issues Questionnaire (SSI-Q) was developed to measure depth of evolutionary…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction
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Slingsby, David – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The "Journal of Biological Education" is firmly established as the authoritative voice in the world of biological education. The journal aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, providing information, ideas and opinion, in addition to critical examinations of advances in biology research and teaching. Through the coverage of…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biology, Science Education, Theory Practice Relationship
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Coles, Tim; Poland, Roger H. C.; Clifton, Julian – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
The global expansion and diversification of the travel market has opened up new opportunities to deliver educational programmes through tourism. Applying the principles and practices commonly associated with ecotourism enables students to gain lasting benefits through their active participation in conservation-oriented activities. In many cases,…
Descriptors: Tourism, Travel, Conservation (Environment), Correlation
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Johnston, Robert – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Even the most basic of school trips will require booking places, arranging transport, writing to parents, collecting payments, planning activities, producing worksheets and, of course, endless risk assessments. It always leaves teachers wondering: "is it really worth all this effort?" Robert Johnston believes that every teacher should…
Descriptors: Biology, Field Trips, Program Development, Program Implementation
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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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Qu, Wen-hui; Zhu, Tong-bo; Yang, Da-Xiang – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Chilling is a cost-effective and safe method of immobilising flies in "Drosophila" experiments. However, should condensation form on the plate, it would be fatal to the flies. Here we describe a modified cooling method using reusable commercial ice pack(s) (ca. 400 ml, 2-3 cm tall) rather than crushed ice. The ice pack is covered with a…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Science Instruction, Animals, Climate
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Schattner, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Can learning molecular biology and genetics be enjoyable? Of course it can. Biologists know their field is exciting and fascinating and that learning how cells and molecules shape the living world is extraordinarily interesting. But can students who are not already inclined towards science also be convinced that learning molecular biology is…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Student Motivation
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Kragten, Marco; Admiraal, Wilfried; Rijlaarsdam, Gert – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Process diagrams are important tools in biology for explaining processes such as protein synthesis, compound cycles and the like. The aim of the present study was to measure the ability to solve process-diagram problems in biology and its relationship with prior knowledge, spatial ability and working memory. For this purpose, we developed a test…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Biology, Problem Solving, Cognitive Ability
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Yeong, Foong May – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Learning basic cell biology in an essential module can be daunting to second-year undergraduates, given the depth of information that is provided in major molecular and cell biology textbooks. Moreover, lectures on cellular pathways are organised into sections, such that at the end of lectures, students might not see how various processes are…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Undergraduate Students, Cytology, College Science
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da Silva, Paloma Rodrigues; de Andrade, Mariana A. Bologna Soares; de Andrade Caldeira, Ana Maria – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Biology is a science that involves study of the diversity of living organisms. This diversity has always generated questions and has motivated cultures to seek plausible explanations for the differences and similarities between types of organisms. In biology teaching, these issues are addressed by adopting an evolutionary approach. The aim of this…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Beliefs, High Schools
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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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João Fonseca, Maria; Costa, Patrício; Lencastre, Leonor; Tavares, Fernando – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Excessive exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes sunburn and has been consistently associated with increased susceptibility to melanoma and skin ageing. Acknowledging the need to promote healthy sun exposure habits, numerous educational initiatives have been developed to raise public awareness towards this issue. However, studies…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, At Risk Persons, Health Promotion, Cancer
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Ummels, M. H. J.; Kamp, M. J. A.; de Kroon, H.; Boersma, K. Th. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Context-based education, in which students deal with biological concepts in a meaningful way, is showing promise in promoting the development of students' conceptual coherence. However, literature gives little guidance about how this kind of education should be designed. Therefore, our study aims at designing and evaluating the practicability of a…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science
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Tshuma, Tholani; Sanders, Martie – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
While school textbooks are assumed to be written for and used by students, it is widely acknowledged that they also serve a vital support function for teachers, particularly in times of curriculum change. A basic assumption is that biology textbooks are scientifically accurate. Furthermore, because of the negative impact of…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Evolution, Textbook Content, Biology
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