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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Biology
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Most beginners are introduced to plant diversity through identification keys, which develop differentiation skills but not species memorisation. We propose that mnemonics, memorable "name clues" linking a species name with morphological characters, are a complementary learning tool for promoting species memorisation. In the first of two…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mnemonics, Plants (Botany), Memorization
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Goodwin, Mark; Kramer, Cas; Cashmore, Annette – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Bioethics is an increasingly important part of the biosciences curriculum at school and in higher education, but few science teachers have much experience of teaching the subject in an engaging or interactive manner. This article sets out a session that allows students to practise the skills of ethical thinking and ethical debate in a relevant…
Descriptors: Audiences, Science Teachers, Ethics, Biology
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McBride, Paul D.; Gillman, Len N.; Wright, Shane D. – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Students are rarely presented with a diversity of viewpoints about evolution and its mechanisms. The historical background to evolution normally suffices: Darwin's journey on The Beagle, his concepts of natural selection and common descent, and an outline of Mendel's experiments. With supplementary concepts such as ecological niches and the modes…
Descriptors: Evolution, Debate, Creationism, Scientific Principles
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Delpech, Roger – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
This paper describes a simple, rapid and low-cost technique for growing bacteria (or other microbes) in an environmental gradient, in order to determine the tolerance of the microbial population to varying concentrations of sodium chloride ions, and suggests how the evolutionary response of a microbial population to the selection pressure of the…
Descriptors: Evolution, Investigations, Microbiology, Science Experiments
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la Velle, Linda – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Ask most men or women in the street who Charles Darwin was and the chances are that they will know something of the work he did: the work that has revolutionised our understanding of the living world and our place in it. The 200th centenary of his birth was in February 2009. Over the 150 years since the publication of his seminal work On the…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Electronic Libraries, Evolution, Web Sites
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Woolven-Allen, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
To mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a special event was held at Oxford, which included a "Conversation" between Professor Richard Dawkins and Bishop Richard Harries. Here we present a personal reminiscence of the event.
Descriptors: Recall (Psychology), Reflection, Evolution, Creationism
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El-Hani, Charbel Nino – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
In this paper, I argue that characterisations of life through lists of properties have several shortcomings and should be replaced by theory-based accounts that explain the coexistence of a set of properties in living beings. The concept of life should acquire its meaning from its relationships with other concepts inside a theory. I illustrate…
Descriptors: Evolution, Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts, Educational Theories
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Westgarth-Smith, Angus R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
The Bumblebee Game is an exciting outdoor game, which demonstrates aspects of bumblebee natural history including food chains, food webs and competition for food, predation by crab spiders, parasitism by "Conopidae" ("Diptera") and brood parasitism by cuckoo bees. It has been played successfully with groups of 10-25 people. Although most suitable…
Descriptors: Ecology, Natural Sciences, Science History, Outdoor Education
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Malcolm, Alan – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
The UK Food Standards Agency has decided not to recommend fortification of foods with folate, the family of vitamins associated with the prevention of neural tube defects in babies. This is a change in attitude from previous recommendations made by a series of committees and reports in the UK. Notably, it differs from US policy on the matter. The…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Food Standards, Program Implementation, Performance Factors
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Brill, Gilat; Falk, Hedda; Yarden, Anat – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Since biology is one of the most dynamic research fields within the natural sciences, the gap between the accumulated knowledge in biology and the knowledge that is taught in schools, increases rapidly with time. Our long-term objective is to develop means to bridge between the dynamics of biological discoveries and the biology teachers and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Clubs, Biology