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Lee, Yeung Chung; Kwok, Ping Wai – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This paper examines the feasibility of using historical case studies to contextualise the learning of the nature of science and technology in a biology lesson. Through exploring the historical development of vaccine technology, students were expected to understand the complexity of the relationships between technology and science beyond the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Lee, Yeung Chung – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Self-generated analogical models have emerged recently as alternatives to teacher-supplied analogies and seem to have good potential to promote deep learning and scientific thinking. However, studies of the ways and contexts in which students generate these models are still too limited to allow a fuller appraisal of these models' effectiveness in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Lee, Yeung Chung; Grace, Marcus – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Education for scientific literacy entails the development of scientific knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge and value judgments to decisions about real-life issues. This paper reports an attempt to involve secondary level biology students in making decisions about an authentic socio-scientific issue--that of bat conservation--through…
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Biology, Decision Making, Scientific Literacy
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Lee, Yeung Chung – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
The ability to make informed decisions on science-related social issues is considered an important attribute of scientific literacy. Literature to inform science educators how to bridge the gap between rhetoric and practice--and to assist them in developing this attribute in their students--burgeons. In view of the great diversity of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Scientific Literacy, Decision Making, Science Education
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Cheng, May Hung; Cheung, Wing Ming Francis – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
A paper was published in JBE in 2001 which examined the background of the education reform launched in 2000 in Hong Kong, and reviewed existing practices as well as beliefs in science and biology assessment among secondary teachers in Hong Kong. The direction of the reform was to take the emphasis away from public examinations as the sole…
Descriptors: Biology, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science
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Yip, Din Yan; Cheung, Derek – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
The Teacher Assessment Scheme (TAS) is a form of school-based assessment that has recently replaced the external practical examination in AL Biology of Hong Kong. This study aimed at understanding the problems encountered by teachers in implementing this innovation. Over 300 teachers expressed their concern about different aspects of the TAS in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Resource Materials, Educational Assessment
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Law, Nancy; Lee, Yeung – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
Genetics is a difficult topic as it involves abstract concepts, which are not directly observable. Studies on using simulations to support the learning of genetics have largely been confined to the use of quantitative simulations to replace experimentation. This study describes the use of a new type of simulation built using an iconic modelling…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Genetics, Misconceptions, Science Instruction
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Yip, Din Yan – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
Science teachers ask questions to assess students' cognitive abilities and to promote student motivation in learning. Cognitive questions are usually divided into low-order and high-order types. According to the conceptual change model of learning, teachers can also use questions to facilitate the construction of knowledge by students. These…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Concept Formation, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Lee, Yeung Chung – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Describes how self-constructed models of the male and female reproductive systems are used to simulate sexual intercourse and the actions of contraceptive devices in preventing conception and sexually transmitted diseases. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Contraception, Demonstrations (Educational), Foreign Countries, Models
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Lee, Yeung Chung – Journal of Biological Education, 2001
Recommends the use of heart models in teaching about the circulatory system. Argues that simulation activities can deepen students' understanding of heart structure, dispel misconceptions of the cardiac cycle, and foster awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cardiovascular System, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Cheng, May Hung; Cheung, Francis Wing Ming – Journal of Biological Education, 2001
Describes the background of the proposed reform, and reviews existing practices in science and biology assessment among teachers in Hong Kong. Analyzes current beliefs about science teaching and learning. Discusses the change in beliefs required in order to implement the proposed reform. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Biology, Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Science Education