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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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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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Jarjoura, Christiane; Tayeh, Paula Abou; Zgheib, Nathalie K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Team-based learning (TBL) is an innovative form of collaborative learning. The purpose of this study was to evaluate TBL's effect on the performance and satisfaction of grade 7 students in biology in a private school in Lebanon, as well as teachers' willingness to implement this new methodology. An exploratory study was performed whereby two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Middle School Students
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Sammet, Rebecca; Kutta, Anna-Maria; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
The observation of living animals in school laboratories provides authentic views of biological research. Various studies stress the importance of primary experiences in biology classes. However, educational films may serve as an alternative in some cases. The aim of this study was to investigate student motivation before and after treatments,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Entomology
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Scott, Graham W.; Boyd, Margaret; Scott, Lisa; Colquhoun, Derek – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
This paper considers a range of factors that may contribute to an unwillingness or inability of teachers to participate in the teaching of biology through fieldwork. Through a synthesis of the views of both pre-service teachers in training and primary school teachers in practice we explore the relative importance of a wide range of potential…
Descriptors: Biology, Barriers, Field Instruction, Student Attitudes
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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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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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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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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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Fonseca, Maria Joao; Franco, Nuno H.; Brosseron, Francis; Tavares, Fernando; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Borlido-Santos, Julio – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
The instructional use of animals is a popular strategy to engage students with science, enhance their motivation, and promote values such as respect, tolerance, and empathy for all living beings. Although these beneficial outcomes are widely acknowledged, research has not provided reliable indicators of their efficiency. Therefore, it is essential…
Descriptors: Evidence, Animals, Student Attitudes, Empathy
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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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Prokop, Pavol; Prokop, Matel; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
The study examines the interests and attitudes of school students toward biology: through their interest in out-of-school activities and their attitude towards lessons as measured by interest, importance and difficulty. Biology lessons were relatively popular with the greatest preference found among students learning zoology. Girls showed…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Females, Plants (Botany), Biology
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Prokop, Pavol; Prokop, Matej; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Diran, Carla – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Children's understanding about animal internal structure can be affected by several factors which are poorly understood by teachers. We conducted a large sample study (n=702) of children aged 6-16 years (Grades 1-9) examining children's responses to animals of various size, species and dimensions (2D and 3D objects), and exploring factors which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animals, Childhood Attitudes, Student Attitudes