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Satterthwait, Donna – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In this paper, I explore how seamless embedding of four mathematical concepts: counting, ratio, distribution, and statistical significance, into a unit on inheritance enables students to gain a deeper insight into biological phenomena than a qualitative only approach achieves. The topic of Mendelian inheritance is used to illustrate this proposal.…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Genetics, Mathematical Concepts
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Verran, Joanna; Redfern, James; Moravej, Haleh; Adebola, Yvonne – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
A series of events was developed to engage audiences in discussion around the importance of microorganisms in the production of fermented foods, particularly through tasting. The events were designed to attract different audiences: families attending a science museum; families in their community space; and adults in different informal eating…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Food, Museums, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Collings, David A.; Gerrard, Juliet A.; Garrill, Ashley – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
While most studies concerning how Universities respond to crises are based on simulations, we describe how the University of Canterbury responded to a real crisis, a series of major seismic events that caused significant disruption in 2010/2011. We focus on a single, first-year undergraduate biology course in which we modified our teaching…
Descriptors: Biology, Cytology, Biochemistry, College Freshmen
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Dirrigl, Frank J.; Noe, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Teaching scientific writing in biology classes is challenging for both teachers and students. This article offers and reviews several useful 'toolkit' items that instructors of science writing can use to improve college student success. The tools in this kit are both conceptual and practical, and include: (1) Understanding the role of student…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Undergraduate Students, Content Area Writing, Instructional Improvement
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Marshall, Pamela A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In the world of higher education, one of the struggles instructors face in the classroom is engaging students in the material. A second discussion in higher education pedagogy is how to weigh content versus activity in the science classroom. How should college teaching be set up when students now have every fact ever found at their fingertips on a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Nawani, Jigna; von Kotzebue, Lena; Spangler, Michael; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Constructing scientific explanations of natural phenomena is an important aim of science education. Explanation oriented science teaching approaches encourage learners to engage in sense-making discussions and construct the causal accounts of the phenomena under study. This article demonstrates a lesson-design model that guides biology teachers on…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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Shen, Jie – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The development and evaluation of a two-session laboratory class, based on Geneswitch technology and sex determination in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, is described. Geneswitch system allows conditional control of gene expression. A laboratory exercise has been devised for sophomores in order to illustrate how Geneswitch technology can be…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Genetics, Entomology
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teaching students about human reproduction is becoming increasingly daunting as assisted reproduction technologies challenge scientific, social and legal perceptions of parenthood. Mitochondrial replacement in particular forces us to re-examine established paradigms not only in the context of human reproduction but also with regard to the way in…
Descriptors: Biology, Birth, Biotechnology, Teaching Methods
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Wanford, Joe; Aidley, Jack; Bayliss, Chris; Ketley, Julian; Goodwin, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Mutation, diversity, natural selection and the biology of human pathogens (including antibiotic resistance) are key features of the biosciences curriculum at A Level and undergraduate study. Few resources exist to allow students to engage with these topics in an interactive manner. This paper describes an interactive, online simulation of mutation…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Zurita, Adolfo R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
EvoluZion is a forward-in-time genetic simulator developed in Java and designed to perform real time simulations on the evolutionary history of virtual organisms. These model organisms harbour a set of 13 genes that codify an equal number of phenotypic features. These genes change randomly during replication, and mutant genes can have null,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, Evolution, Science Instruction
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Ibarguren, Izaskun; Villamarín, Antonio – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
All the cells of higher organisms have the same DNA but not the same proteins. Each type of specialised cell that forms a tissue has its own pattern of gene expression and, consequently, it contains a particular set of proteins that determine its function. Here, we describe a laboratory exercise addressed to undergraduate students that aims to…
Descriptors: Biology, Animals, Cytology, Genetics
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Schedlbauer, Jessica L.; Nadolny, Larysa; Woolfrey, Joan – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The interdisciplinary science of conservation biology provides undergraduate biology students with the opportunity to connect the biological sciences with disciplines including economics, social science and philosophy to address challenging conservation issues. Because of its complexity, students do not often have the opportunity to practise…
Descriptors: Biology, Forestry, Ethics, Decision Making
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Novo, M. Teresa; Casanoves, Marina; Garcia-Vallvé, Santi; Pujadas, Gerard; Mulero, Miquel; Valls, Cristina – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present a practical activity focusing on two main goals: to give learners the opportunity to experience how the scientific method works and to increase their knowledge about enzymes in everyday situations. The exercise consists of determining the amylase activity of commercial detergents. The methodology is based on a qualitative assay using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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Jenkins, Edgar – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
When the "Journal of Biological Education" was first published in 1967, biology was still very much the Cinderella of the three school sciences in many countries. Most selective secondary school biology courses readily betrayed their origins as an unconvincing coalition of botany and zoology. In the non-selective secondary modern…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biological Sciences, Science Education History, Science Education
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Kong, Yi; Anderson, Trevor; Pelaez, Nancy – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Evolutionary trees are key tools for modern biology and are commonly portrayed in textbooks to promote learning about biological evolution. However, many people have difficulty in understanding what evolutionary trees are meant to portray. In fact, some ideas that current professional biologists depict with evolutionary trees are neither clearly…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Biology, Evolution, Concept Mapping
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