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Düsing, Katharina; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study investigates students' conceptions of the carbon cycle with regard to the components they believe to be relevant to the carbon cycle, how they interrelate these components, the ways in which they trace carbon atoms, and the different levels of biological organisation they consider when doing so. A total of 142 students aged 13-16 years…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Hadjichambis, Andreas Ch.; Georgiou, Yiannis; Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Demetra; Kyza, Eleni A.; Mappouras, Demetrios – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Despite the importance of understanding how the human reproductive system works, adolescents worldwide exhibit weak conceptual understanding, which leads to serious risks, such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Studies focusing on the development and evaluation of inquiry-based learning interventions, promoting the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Gender Differences, Grade 7, Science Instruction
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Kubisch, Franziska; Heyne, Thomas – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
At the botanical garden of the University of Würzburg, we conducted practical lessons on bionics, focused on the lotus effect, with 260 students. Those approx. 14 years old, 8th-grade mid-level students were divided into two groups. During an instructional discussion about the topic, one group was confronted with their alternative conceptions…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Biophysics, Hands on Science
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Martínez-Losada, Cristina; García-Barros, Susana; Garrido, María – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This study analysed the characteristics that children in the initial stages of schooling attribute to living beings. Interviews were conducted with 138 children aged 3-7 years in a school in the Spanish city of A Coruña, Galicia. Aspects found in pen-and-paper activities dealing with living beings, provided by the teachers (158 in total) at this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Interviews
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Jussila, Terttu; Virtanen, Viivi – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Virtual Forest is a web-based, open-access learning environment about forests designed for primary-school pupils between the ages of 10 and 13 years. It is pedagogically designed to develop an understanding of ecology, to enhance conceptual development and to give a holistic view of forest ecosystems. Various learning tools, such as concept maps,…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Forestry, Ecology, Virtual Classrooms
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Villarroel, José Domingo; Infante, Guillermo – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This paper looks at the drawings of a sample of 118 children aged between 4 and 7 years old on the topic of plant life and relates the content to their knowledge of the concept of living things. The research project uses two types of tests: a task to analyse the level of understanding of the concept of living things and a free drawing activity.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Young Children, Plants (Botany)
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Wasmann-Frahm, Astrid – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Classification can serve as a tool for conceptualising ideas about vertebrates. Training enhances classification skills as well as sharpening concepts. The method described in this paper is based on the "hybrid-model" of comparison that proposes two independently working processes: associative and theory-based. The two interact during a…
Descriptors: Animals, Classification, Grade 5, Misconceptions
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Grotzer, Tina A.; Basca, Belinda Bell – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Students have difficulty understanding ecosystem concepts. This article argues that the difficulty stems partly from not grasping the underlying causality that structures the concepts. We report on an intervention study designed to teach eight- and nine-year-olds to reason about domino, cyclic, and mutual causality by infusing causally focused…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Ecology, Grade 3, Intervention