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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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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to investigate elementary student teachers' conceptions of teaching life science outdoors. The study involved 99 student teachers who were enrolled in an elementary science methods course at a large public university in the United States of America. The study utilised drawings, and narratives…
Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Outdoor Education, Biological Sciences
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Klees, Guido; Piepenbring, Meike – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The conveyance of knowledge of the life cycles performed by fungi and plants with spores is a challenge for teaching in university education. The life cycles of fungi, in particular, can be very complex and difficult to understand. This paper presents the development and implementation of a German and English educational software program,…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Biological Sciences, Courseware, Computer Simulation
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Popovic, Marko – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
All living structures, from archaea to human, are open thermodynamic systems analysed through nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics is a field with important applications to life sciences, which is very often left out of life science courses. A three-step method is suggested to make an easy introduction of nonequilibrium…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Scientific Concepts, Thermodynamics
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Bowyer, Jessica; Darlington, Ellie – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This article reports on data from a large-scale study investigating students' mathematical transitions to higher education. Three hundred and seventy-one undergraduate bioscientists were surveyed in order to investigate their perceptions and experiences of studying post-compulsory mathematics, as preparation for the mathematics elements of their…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences, Student Surveys, Student Experience
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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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Doidge, Megan; Lelliott, Anthony – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The choice of which language strategies to use in schools in Africa is the subject of much debate. In the Life Sciences, cultural issues associated with the use of biological terminology add to this debate. In our study, we examined the language choices made by Grade 7 Natural Sciences teachers in South Africa during their teaching of human…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Language of Instruction
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Pirhonen, Juhani; Rasi, Päivi – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The central focus of this study is a learning method in which university students produce instructional videos about the content matter as part of their learning process, combined with other learning assignments. The rationale for this is to promote a more multimodal pedagogy, and to provide students opportunities for a more learner-centred,…
Descriptors: Emotional Experience, Student Developed Materials, Video Technology, Learning Processes
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Petersen, Morten Rask – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This study considers how students change their coherent conceptual understanding of natural selection through a hands-on simulation. The results show that most students change their understanding. In addition, some students also underwent a transformative experience and used their new knowledge in a leisure time activity. These transformative…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Hands on Science, Simulation, Biological Sciences
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Cooper, Robert A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Student reasoning about cases of natural selection is often plagued by errors that stem from miscategorising selection as a direct, causal process, misunderstanding the role of randomness, and from the intuitive ideas of intentionality, teleology and essentialism. The common thread throughout many of these reasoning errors is a failure to apply…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Misconceptions, Ecology, Evolution
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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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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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Alyuruk, Hakan; Cavas, Levent – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Genomics and proteomics projects have produced a huge amount of raw biological data including DNA and protein sequences. Although these data have been stored in data banks, their evaluation is strictly dependent on bioinformatics tools. These tools have been developed by multidisciplinary experts for fast and robust analysis of biological data.…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Information Technology
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Halinen, Katrianna; Ruohoniemi, Mirja; Katajavuori, Nina; Virtanen, Viivi – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Teachers' conceptions of teaching, including assessment practices, are substantial in directing student learning. Our article refers to assessment at tertiary level biological education. We studied life science (more specifically microbiology-related) teachers' assessment discourse describing how they understood assessment as part of their…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Science Teachers, College Faculty, Student Evaluation
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Coombs, I.; Tatner, M.; Paterson, V. – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Practical laboratory work in parasitology can be very limited, due to the difficulty in maintaining multi-host parasite life cycles, especially for a large, once-yearly undergraduate laboratory class for life science students. The use of mackerel, "Scomber scombrus," bought from a local fishmonger, is an ideal model to investigate important…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Biological Sciences, Laboratories, Undergraduate Students
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