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Dempster, Edith; Stears, Michèle – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The purpose of the study is to find out what a group of seven-year-old South African children understand of their internal anatomy. The research is based on the premise that young children obtain most of their science knowledge through personal experience. Drawings are used to determine the level of young children's knowledge of systems and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Childrens Art, Anatomy
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Boersma, Kerst; Waarlo, Arend Jan; Klaassen, Kees – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Systems thinking in biology education is an up and coming research topic, as yet with contrasting feasibility claims. In biology education systems thinking can be understood as thinking backward and forward between concrete biological objects and processes and systems models representing systems theoretical characteristics. Some studies claim that…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Measures (Individuals), Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Janssen, Rianne; Crauwels, Marion – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
A large-scale paper-and-pencil assessment of the attainment targets of environmental studies with a focus on the subject area nature was held in primary education in Flanders (Belgium). The tests on different subfields of nature, i.e. the human body, healthcare, organisms, ecosystems, environmental care and non-living nature, were administered to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Primary Education, Measures (Individuals), Program Effectiveness
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Cherubini, Mauro; Gash, Hugh; McCloughlin, Thomas – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
Plant growth, development and reproduction are fundamental concepts in biology; yet there is a recorded lack of motivation for young people to grapple with these concepts. Here we present the "DigitalSeed" toy for making investigations around these concepts more accessible to children through hands-on digital interaction. This is part of an…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Fundamental Concepts, Investigations, Motivation
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Tomkins, Stephen; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Primary school pupils in the UK today may be less familiar with natural objects, less exposed to formal natural history teaching and have less time given to school-based observation and discussion of natural objects. This study of children's responses to a "Nature Table" of displayed natural objects was designed to assess pupils'…
Descriptors: Photography, Familiarity, Students, Observation