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Düsing, Katharina; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study investigates students' conceptions of the carbon cycle with regard to the components they believe to be relevant to the carbon cycle, how they interrelate these components, the ways in which they trace carbon atoms, and the different levels of biological organisation they consider when doing so. A total of 142 students aged 13-16 years…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Kremer, Kerstin; Specht, Christiane; Urhahne, Detlef; Mayer, Jürgen – 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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Cinici, Ayhan – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was a qualitative analysis of high school students' ideas about life cycle and life forms of the butterfly. For this purpose, open-ended questions and drawing methods were applied to 194 high school students from the ninth to eleventh grades and 14 to 16 years of age in Erzurum, Turkey. Students' drawings were categorised…
Descriptors: High School Students, Entomology, Biology, Foreign Countries
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Koksal, Mustafa Serdar; Cakiroglu, Jale; Geban, Omer – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of explicit-embedded-reflective (EER) instruction in nature of science (NOS) understandings of ninth-grade advanced science students. This study was conducted with 71 students, who were divided into three groups, by using non-equivalent quasi-experimental design. In the treatment…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Scientific Principles, Reflective Teaching, Instructional Effectiveness
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Olander, Clas – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This paper explores affordances in teaching evolution, especially those in which evolution is made relevant to and argued for in a grade 9 biology classroom, thus giving potential answers to the pupils' legitimate question,"'why am I learning evolution?" The aim of the paper is methodological in the sense that it explores whether the…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Evolution, Grade 9, Biology
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Gebbels, Susan; Evans, Stewart M.; Delany, Jane E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
A partnership was formed between King Edward VI School Morpeth (UK) and the pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme within the programme of "Joint Responsibility" operated by the Dove Marine Laboratory (Newcastle University, UK). Pupils surveyed an ecologically important coastal area in northeast England and made 15 recommendations…
Descriptors: Employees, Student Attitudes, Industry, Foreign Countries
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Zion, Michal; Spektor-Levy, Ornit; Orchan, Yotam; Shwartz, Assaf; Sadeh, Irit; Kark, Salit – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Among potential topics in the new science of biodiversity, understanding the characteristics and impact of invasive birds is an attractive subject to include as part of junior high school biology studies. Birds are aesthetic and raise curiosity. Curiosity about birds, combined with field observations, can stimulate students to ask authentic…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Animals, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Crane, Lucy; Winterbottom, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
This study investigates how peer assessment can help students to learn about photosynthesis in a "high attaining," year nine class in a UK 11-18 comprehensive school. There is limited research on how peer assessment can influence the learning of "high attaining students"; most existing research focuses on how formative…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Interviews, Questionnaires, Learning Disabilities
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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