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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Biology
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Carolan, K.; Verran, J.; Amos, M.; Crossley, M.; Redfern, J.; Whitton, N.; Louttit, D. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Vaccination coverage in the United Kingdom is below the level recommended by the World Health Organisation, and when vaccination coverage is not sufficient, outbreaks of infectious diseases can occur. In 2015, coverage of the first dose of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine declined in the United Kingdom for the first time since 2008, indicating a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immunization Programs, Communicable Diseases, Health Education
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Jones, Harriet L.; Green, Jon R.; Prendergast, John; Scott, Jon – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The current A-level biology curriculum includes a broad coverage of all the biosciences which demands knowledge of a wide range of biological vocabulary. Students (n = 184) from two UK universities were presented with a list of vocabulary, associated with a 'Revise Biology' text which highlighted key terms that students should know. Lecturers…
Descriptors: Biology, Teacher Expectations of Students, Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
We investigated usability of mobile computers and field guide books with adult botanical novices, for the identification of wildflowers and deciduous trees in winter. Identification accuracy was significantly higher for wildflowers using a mobile computer app than field guide books but significantly lower for deciduous trees. User preference…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Goulder, Raymond; Scott, Graham W. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Reviews of the state of biology fieldwork in UK schools and universities at the beginning of the twenty-first century (Barker, Slingsby, and Tilling 2002; Smith 2004) were not entirely pessimistic; rather they suggested ways forward that might lead to an increase in fieldwork. Whether their hopes have been realised has, perhaps, been revealed by…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E.; Smith, Alison M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Bryophytes are a rewarding study group in field biology and the UK bryophyte flora has international importance to biodiversity conservation. We designed an identification key to common woodland moss species and compared the usability of two formats, web-based multi-access and printed dichotomous key, with undergraduate students. The rate of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Plants (Botany), Biology, Biodiversity
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Jones, Harriet; Black, Beth; Green, Jon; Langton, Phil; Rutherford, Stephen; Scott, Jon; Brown, Sally – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
First year undergraduate courses in higher education tend to be designed based on assumptions of students' prior knowledge. Almost 600 undergraduates at five UK universities, studying biological sciences, were given an MCQ test in their first week at university, based on biology A-level (pre-university examination) core criteria. Results…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences, Knowledge Level
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Willmott, Christopher J. R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
There is growing recognition that science is not conducted in a vacuum and that advances in the biosciences have ethical and social implications for the wider community. An exercise is described in which undergraduate students work in teams to produce short videos about the science and ethical dimensions of current developments in biomedicine.…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Ethics, Undergraduate Students
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Taxonomic education and botany are increasingly neglected in schools and universities, leading to a "missed generation" of adults that cannot identify organisms, especially plants. This study pilots three methods for teaching identification of native plant species to forty-three adults engaged in the participatory science project…
Descriptors: Identification, Teaching Methods, Botany, Plants (Botany)
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Bullock, Kate; Hejmadi, Momna; Lock, Gary – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Degree-integrated placements (DIPs) are an important learning experience for many bioscience undergraduates. How these extended experiences will be affected by the proposed changes in higher education funding in the UK is uncertain. This paper explores one bioscience degree programme to investigate the contention that learning outcomes,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Work Experience, Learning Experience, Undergraduate Students
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Dalgleish, Raymond; Shanks, Morag E.; Monger, Karen; Butler, Nicola J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
We describe the development of a mini-library of human DNA fragments for use in an enquiry-based learning (EBL) undergraduate practical incorporating "wet-lab" and bioinformatics tasks. In spite of the widespread emergence of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the cloning and analysis of DNA fragments in "Escherichia coli"…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Genetics, Biology, Information Science
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Goodwin, Mark; Kramer, Cas; Cashmore, Annette – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Bioethics is an increasingly important part of the biosciences curriculum at school and in higher education, but few science teachers have much experience of teaching the subject in an engaging or interactive manner. This article sets out a session that allows students to practise the skills of ethical thinking and ethical debate in a relevant…
Descriptors: Audiences, Science Teachers, Ethics, 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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Willmott, Chris J. R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
The ability to design appropriate experiments in order to interrogate a research question is an important skill for any scientist. The present article describes an interactive lecture-based activity centred around a comparison of two contrasting approaches to investigation of the question "Can you smell fear?" A poorly designed…
Descriptors: Fear, Olfactory Perception, Science Experiments, Science Process Skills
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Lock, Roger – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Between 1963 and 2009, there have been 13 published studies offering empirical evidence on biology fieldwork in schools and colleges in the UK. This paper considers the evidence from these studies relating to work with 16-19 year old students undertaking academic study beyond the compulsory years of schooling; advanced ("A") level. It…
Descriptors: Field Studies, Criticism, Biology, Teaching Methods
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