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Güccük, Ahmet; Köksal, Mustafa Serdar – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of case teaching on how students learn about genetic engineering, in terms of meaningful learning and retention of learning. The study was designed as quasi-experimental research including 63 8th graders (28 boys and 35 girls). To collect data, genetic engineering achievement tests were…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Genetics, Concept Mapping
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Kreuzer, Pia; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The aim of this study was to design and evaluate an inquiry- and activity-based learning unit for the classroom that uses biological collections to teach key evolutionary concepts and to support the understanding and appreciation of the work of a museum. The unit consisted of three parts that focused on the most important tasks of museums:…
Descriptors: Museums, Biology, Science Instruction, Units of Study
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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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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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Petrou, Stella; Korfiatis, Konstantinos – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This study presents the results of a pilot learning intervention for improving children's ideas about plant protection. The research was executed in two phases. The first phase aimed at exploring children's ideas about plant protection. These ideas were taken into account for the design and development of a digital learning environment. The second…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Conservation (Environment), Educational Environment, Electronic Learning
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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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Demetriou, Dorita; Korfiatis, Konstantinos; Constantinou, Constantinos – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
The ability to comprehend trophic (nutritional) relationships and food web dynamics is an essential part of environmental literacy. However, students face severe difficulties in grasping the variety of causal patterns in food webs. We propose a curriculum for comprehending trophic relations in elementary school. The curriculum allows students to…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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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