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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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Felege, Christopher J.; Ralph, Steven G. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
During the 2012-2013 academic year the University of North Dakota (UND) piloted the use of a Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) classroom. "Genetics," a 300 level class for Biology majors, and "Concepts of Biology," an introductory course for non-majors were two of the classes…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; Van Hoof, Jan; Van Petegem, Peter – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Educational field trips are common practice in environmental education and education for sustainable development, well recognised by researchers for their potential to achieve cognitive and affective educational outcomes. One of the factors that influences learning during field trips is their novelty. The current study focuses on the interplay…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Forestry, Outdoor Education
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Gould, Kevin S.; Gilbert, Amanda; Pike, Adrian J.; Menzies, Ignatius J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Microscopy skills are critical for many aspects of biology, yet they are notoriously difficult to teach, especially to large classes. We trialled the use of widescreen monitors with touch-screen capability connected to compound microscopes in an introductory-level plant biology lab. Working in teams, students used the screens to interpret,…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Manipulative Materials, Botany, Cooperative Learning
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Mouton, Marnel; Archer, Edward – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Institutions of Higher Education have grappled with the predicament of first-year success and epistemological access for years. Recently, a study employed Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) to elucidate why students who performed relatively well in high school biology struggled with the subject in first-year. This study shed valuable light on this…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Semantics
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Torkar, Gregor; Gnidovec, Tanja; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Tomažic, Iztok – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Many children learn about and experience animals in the everyday environment where they live and attend school. One way to obtain information about children's understanding of concepts or phenomena is by using their drawings in combination with written responses or interviews. This study assesses how much Slovenian students 10-15 years old (in…
Descriptors: Animals, Animal Behavior, Freehand Drawing, Dietetics
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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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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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Andic, Branko; Cvijeticanin, Stanko; Maricic, Mirjana; Steševic, Danijela – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The aim of the research is to examine the contribution of applying author-generated dichotomous keys (digital key - DDK and print key - DPK) to the quality and durability of the knowledge of eighth grade students about the "Systematic and classifications of plants (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms)", as compared to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 8, Science Instruction
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Nyutu, Eva N.; Cobern, William W.; Pleasants, Brandy A. S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Introductory laboratory courses are a standard component of undergraduate science programmes and historically taught using direct instruction/confirmatory lab models. Previous studies have shown that inquiry-based labs enhance student engagement in science courses. However, research on how direct instruction introductory lab courses effectively…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Direct Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Microbiology
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Groth, Amy C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Undergraduate laboratory exercises addressing aspects of cancer biology such as increased cell proliferation, gain-of-function signaling mutations and tumour formation often rely on tissue culture or even small mammal models. Many departments have limited or no access to these tools, and even well-equipped departments face logistical problems when…
Descriptors: Cytology, Cancer, Biology, College Science
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Gardner, Grant E.; Ellen Lohr, Mary; Bartos, Stephen; Reid, Joshua W. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
One of the key agendas for the emerging field of disciplinary-based education research is the evaluation of the trajectory of disciplinary knowledge development from novice to expert. However, with the ongoing promotion of student-centered and collaborative undergraduate science classrooms, it is unknown how peer discourse during these exercises…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Majors (Students), Concept Mapping
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Günter, Tugçe; Demir, F. Ebru Ofluoglu – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study investigates the impact of the Case-Based Learning (CBL) method for the topic of 'B6, B9 and B12 Vitamins' on students' academic achievement in a biochemistry course for an associate degree level in health. To this end, a case study with the title 'The Reasons for Depression: Do We Know What They Are?' was developed and implemented. The…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Science Instruction, College Science, Biochemistry
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Sirovina, Damir; Kovacevic, Goran – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Family planning, the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, and women's reproductive health are topics that have received close attention for decades. It would therefore be fair to assume that there exists a good knowledge of the menstrual cycle. However, it is clear that many people have various misconceptions about the menstrual cycle and fertile…
Descriptors: Females, Physiology, Misconceptions, Visual Aids
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King-Heiden, Tisha C.; Litster, Megan – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The impact of evolutionary processes in understanding human health and disease is an important idea for future health professionals to understand. These students, however, typically receive little to no formal instruction in the role of evolution in not only understanding human health, but its impact on how to treat human diseases. To address this…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Learning Modules, Evolution, Anatomy
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