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Lin, Show-Yu; Lin, Chen-Yung; Hsin, Ming-Chin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Visual representations are a familiar element of daily life and particularly beneficial as illustrations in science textbooks. In this case, learners draw on human dimensions such as cognitive style (CS) and prior knowledge (PK) when engaging in visual thinking. This study aimed to compare and explore the relationships among the format aspect…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Visual Learning, Cognitive Style, Illustrations
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Doidge, Megan; Lelliott, Anthony – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The choice of which language strategies to use in schools in Africa is the subject of much debate. In the Life Sciences, cultural issues associated with the use of biological terminology add to this debate. In our study, we examined the language choices made by Grade 7 Natural Sciences teachers in South Africa during their teaching of human…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Language of Instruction
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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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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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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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Kremer, Kerstin; Specht, Christiane; Urhahne, Detlef; Mayer, J├╝rgen – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Informed understandings of nature of science and scientific inquiry are generally accepted goals of biology education. This article points out central features of scientific inquiry with relation to biology and the nature of science in general terms and focuses on the relationship of students' inquiry skills in biology and their beliefs on the…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Principles, Inquiry, Beliefs
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Jordan, Rebecca C.; Brooks, Wesley R.; Hmelo-Silver, Cindy; Eberbach, Catherine; Sinha, Suparna – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Promoting student understanding of ecosystem processes is critical to biological education. Yet, teaching complex life systems can be difficult because systems are dynamic and often behave in a non-linear manner. In this paper, we discuss assessment results from a middle school classroom intervention in which a conceptual representation framework…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Accuracy, Ecology, Biology
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Cheng, Meng-Tzu; Annetta, Len – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
This study attempted to examine students' learning outcomes and their learning experiences through playing a Serious Educational Game. A mixed-method research design was employed collecting both quantitative and qualitative data. A total of 98 middle-school students ranging from sixth to eighth grades participated through paper-and-pencil…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Student Attitudes, Video Technology, Metacognition
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Zabel, Jorg; Gropengiesser, Harald – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
The objective of this naturalistic study was to explore, model and visualise the learning progress of 13-year-old students in the domain of evolution theory. Data were collected under actual classroom conditions and with a sample size of 107 learners, which followed a teaching unit on Darwin's theory of natural selection. Before and after the…
Descriptors: Evolution, Theories, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Haugwitz, Marion; Sandmann, Angela – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Understanding biological structures and functions is often difficult because of their complexity and micro-structure. For example, the vascular system is a complex and only partly visible system. Constructing models to better understand biological functions is seen as a suitable learning method. Models function as simplified versions of real…
Descriptors: Human Body, Grade 7, Secondary School Students, Biology
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Holstermann, Nina; Grube, Dietmar; Bogeholz, Susanne – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
This paper investigates the issue of how emotions such as disgust influence students' self-efficacy belief in terms of mastering a dissection task and also how these affect their interest in the biology of the heart. Following models of intrinsic motivation and the development of motivation, we expected disgust to negatively impact on students'…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Laboratory Procedures, Motivation, Questionnaires
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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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Chang, Shu-Nu – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
The purpose of this study is to use concept maps as an "expressed model" to investigate students' mental models regarding the homeostasis of blood sugar. The difficulties in learning the concept of homeostasis and in probing mental models have been revealed in many studies. Homeostasis of blood sugar is one of the themes in junior high…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Concept Mapping, Interviews, Biology
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Kruger, Dirk; Fleige, Jennifer; Riemeier, Tanja – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
The study presents the frequencies of students' conceptions of growth and cell division before and after one hour of instruction. The investigation supplements qualitative results by directing attention to those conceptions which might occur most frequently to students: teachers can then concentrate their preparation on practical requirements. A…
Descriptors: Investigations, Scientific Concepts, Grade 9, Questionnaires