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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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Yip, Cheng-Wai – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
A causal explanation in biology focuses on the mechanism by which a biological process is brought about, whereas a teleological explanation considers the end result, in the context of the survival of the organism, as a reason for certain biological processes or structures. There is a tendency among students to offer a teleological explanation…
Descriptors: Exercise Physiology, Biology, Metabolism, Plants (Botany)
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Janssen, Fred; de Hullu, Els – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
Students need tools, thinking skills, to help them think actively and in depth about biological phenomena. They need to know what kind of questions to ask and how to find answers to those questions. In this article we present a toolkit with 12 "thinking tools" for asking and answering questions about biological phenomena from different…
Descriptors: Biology, Productive Thinking, Thinking Skills, Questioning Techniques
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Strgar, Jelka – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
On first contact, students express less interest in plants than in animals. With suitable didactic methods, however, the teacher can actively interest students in plants. In our research we attempted to quantify the influence of these methods. 184 students of three age groups took part in the experiment. We used eight plants (one artificial). We…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Plants (Botany), Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
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Besterman, Hugo; La Velle, Linda Baggott – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper discusses some traditional approaches to the teaching of evolutionary theory at pre-university level, criticising in particular some of the more commonly used models and exemplars. Curricular demands are described and an alternative approach is suggested, using the emerging story of human evolution. Recent discoveries help to illustrate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Secondary School Curriculum
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Banks, Stephen W.; Shepherd, Deborah K.; Williams-Hart, Tara; Gossett, Dalton R.; Crnkovic, Amanda C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper is based upon a laboratory exercise designed for biology students in secondary schools or those taking introductory biology laboratory courses in colleges and universities. This exercise requires a set of calipers, a calculator and populations of snail shells collected either from the wild or obtained from a biological supply house. The…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Biology, Probability, Science Activities
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Rees, Paul A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Textbooks for GCE Advanced Level Biology have provided over-simplified and inaccurate accounts of Charles Darwin's contribution to the study of evolution over a period of many decades. They have credited him with field skills and insight that he did not possess, and repeated several historical inaccuracies. Darwin's strength was as a synthesiser…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Biology, Misconceptions
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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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Spellerberg, Ian; Ward, Jonet; Smith, Fiona – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
A water quality monitoring programme for schools is described. The purpose of the programme is to introduce school children to the concept of reporting on the "state of the environment" by raising the awareness of water quality issues and providing skills to monitor water quality. The programme is assessed and its relevance in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Water Quality, Environmental Education, Skill Development
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Kinchin, Ian M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
The teaching units within the National Science Strategy can be summarised diagrammatically. Presentation in this format makes it easier for teachers and students to visualise progression routes through Key Stage 3. An example is given for the key idea of cells. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Standards, Visual Aids, Educational Strategies