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Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; Van Hoof, Jan; Van Petegem, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Educational field trips are common practice in environmental education and education for sustainable development, well recognised by researchers for their potential to achieve cognitive and affective educational outcomes. One of the factors that influences learning during field trips is their novelty. The current study focuses on the interplay…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Forestry, Outdoor Education
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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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Kissi, Lisa; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Plants have an enormous importance for life on earth but are often overlooked. This phenomenon called plant blindness is reinforced as students prefer to spend their recreation time with modern media rather than in nature. Mobile devices have become an omnipresent part of students' everyday lives. Nevertheless, direct experiences with plants are…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology
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Asshoff, Roman – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Scientific inquiry requires the replication of results in experimental studies. Recent studies draw a severe picture on the need of replication and the difficulties in replicating already published studies. As replicated confirmation of results is the basis of scientific and medical research, there may be a need to introduce the topic of…
Descriptors: Replication (Evaluation), Science Experiments, Biology, Science Instruction
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Opitz, Sebastian T.; Blankenstein, Andreas; Harms, Ute – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The concept of energy serves biologists as a powerful analytical model to describe phenomena that occurs in the natural world. Due to the concept's relevance, educational standards of different countries identify energy as a core idea for the teaching and learning of biology and other science subjects. However, previous research on students'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Energy, Biology
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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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Chin, Christine; Teou, Lay-Yen – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
This study was carried out in the context of formative assessment where assessment and learning were integrated to enhance both teaching and learning. The purpose of the study was to: (a) identify pupils' ideas about biological inheritance through the use of a concept cartoon, pupils' drawings and talk, and (b) devise scaffolding structures that…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Cartoons, Active Learning, Elementary School Science
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Drissner, Jurgen; Haase, Hans-Martin; Hille, Katrin – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
The "Green Classroom" in Ulm is an experiential learning forum outside school. Its educational concept is based on experimental learning and is geared towards expanding biological knowledge and developing environmental attitudes regarding preservation and utilisation of nature. We assessed the environmental attitude of 92 students before…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Evaluation, Environmental Education, Motivation
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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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Wilde, Mathias; Urhahne, Detlef – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
According to Reinmann-Rothmeier and Mandl (2001), learning environments should provide an ideal balance between constructivist and instructive elements. Most interesting for constructivist learning processes is the combination of the cognitive and the motivational domain. In an empirical study with 207 fifth-graders of the highest stratification…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Evaluation, Museums, Learning Processes
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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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Gomez Galindo, Alma Adrianna; Sanmarti, Neus; Pujol, Rosa Maria – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
This paper is part of an investigation into 11-year-old students' interpretations of events in the environment. In particular, we analyse the use of a scale model constructed and manipulated by students when simulating a forest fire. We consider that their explanations involve the interrelation of three levels of organisation: the level at which…
Descriptors: Evidence, Measures (Individuals), Vocational Education, Concept Formation