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Andic, Branko; Cvijeticanin, Stanko; Maricic, Mirjana; Steševic, Danijela – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The aim of the research is to examine the contribution of applying author-generated dichotomous keys (digital key - DDK and print key - DPK) to the quality and durability of the knowledge of eighth grade students about the "Systematic and classifications of plants (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms)", as compared to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 8, Science Instruction
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Borsos, Eva – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study presents a new technique, the "Which plant am I?" game, which helps to increase pupils' plant knowledge, while motivate them to become familiar with more plants. On the other hand pupils' plant knowledge was tested in Serbia. The "Which Plant Am I?" game was tested with two groups of pupils (in average 11 years old).…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Biology, Plants (Botany), Educational Games
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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Research has shown that hands-on activities in biology/science education tend to improve children's attitudes towards science. These hands-on activities can influence children's interest in various ways, perhaps because they invoke varying emotions. We used a sample of 10-12-year-old children (n = 142) to examine the effect of hands-on activities…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Knowledge Level
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Lee, Hung-Shan; Liu, Shiang-Yao; Yeh, Ting-Kuang – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
This study was designed to exemplify how hands-on based teaching strategies enhanced students' knowledge and positive attitudes towards sharks. Hands-on activities for sharks' biological and morphological features were carried out. Eleven elementary school students from a remote area in Taiwan were recruited and assigned to the hands-on condition.…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods
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Cofré, Hernán; Jiménez, Juan; Santibáñez, David; Vergara, Claudia – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Despite the importance of the theory of evolution to scientific knowledge, a number of misconceptions continue to be found among teachers and undergraduate students. The aim of the present study was to describe and characterise knowledge about evolution among 120 freshman undergraduate students of two natural sciences programmes (environmental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Drissner, Jürgen Reinhold; Haase, Hans-Martin; Wittig, Susanne; Hille, Katrin – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The "Green Classroom" in the Botanical Garden of the University of Ulm is a learning forum outdoor school that is used by about 2500 school students annually. Its educational concept is based on experiential learning and is geared towards expanding students' biological knowledge and developing positive attitudes towards small animals and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Effectiveness, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries
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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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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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Jiménez-Tejada, María-Pilar; Sánchez-Monsalve, Cristina; González-García, Francisco – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This article presents research concerning the way in which primary school pupils in southern Spain interpret the concepts of population and species. The results show that, for the concept of population, there was an intense anthropocentrism in pupils' responses, while for the concept of species, only animals were considered as living creatures.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Concept Teaching, Population Education
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Ju, Eun Jeong; Kim, Jae Geun – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
In this study, we developed an educational programme using soil seed banks to promote ecological literacy among primary school-aged children. The programme consisted of seven student activities, including sampling and setting soil seed banks around the school, watering, identifying seedlings, and making observations about the plants and their…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Ecology, Foreign Countries
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Hipkins, Rosemary; Bull, Ally; Joyce, Chris – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
There is growing recognition of the importance of helping children to develop an ability to think about biological and environmental issues in terms of systems interactions and impacts. Several progressions have been published that suggest how their conceptual understandings may develop over time. However these are not necessarily as informative…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Familiarity, Ecology, Systems Approach
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Huxham, Mark; Welsh, Angela; Berry, Alice; Templeton, Stuart – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
We examined the wildlife knowledge of primary (aged 4-12) schoolchildren. In particular, we examined the effects of children's age and gender, as well as the taxonomy and origin (indigenous versus exotic) of wildlife, on the degree of knowledge about different species. We used illustrated "flashcards" of mammals, birds and arthropods,…
Descriptors: Animals, Wildlife, Performance Factors, Knowledge Level
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Barraza, Laura; Cuaron, Alfredo D. – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
In this study we analysed the familiarity and understanding of 10 environmental concepts amongst Mexican and English school children (aged 7 to 9). The investigation considered the impact of the educational system and the school ethos on the formation of environmental concepts. Results reveal that in general, children of this age have a low to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Familiarity, Values