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Nyberg, Eva; Sanders, Dawn – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The notion of plant-blindness, the inability of humans to notice plants in their environment, has been much examined. Similarly, plant scientists have criticised the seemingly zoocentric focus of a biological education, which appears to neglect plants. Furthermore, there are stark contrasts between the active plant behaviours evidenced in current…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Observation
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Magntorn, Ola; Hellden, Gustav – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper reports on a study of ecology teaching and learning in a Swedish primary school class (age 10-11 yrs). A teaching sequence was designed to help students read nature in a river ecosystem. The teaching sequence had a "bottom up" approach, taking as its starting point a common key organism--the freshwater shrimp. From this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Concept Mapping, Ecology, Elementary School Students
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McEwen, Birgitta – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
How do we support the enthusiasm children show for biology in school? Unfortunately, lack of exciting practical work and boring biology lessons seem to make science less popular. As a senior lecturer in plant physiology at Karlstad University I have simplified experiments intended for students at university and then tested them on 10-11 year old…
Descriptors: Biology, Genetics, Science Instruction, Heredity