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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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Tilling, Steve – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
The paper describes a national survey of biology teachers visiting Field Studies Council (FSC) centres in England and Wales. It provides data on levels of biology fieldwork at ages 11-16 (Years 7-11), and factors affecting A-level biology fieldwork provision at ages 16-19 (Years 12 and 13). The results are compared with similar data from geography…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Studies, Biology, Secondary School Teachers
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Chin, Christine; Chia, Li-Gek – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
This study employed problem-based learning (PBL) for project work in a Year 9 biology class. The purpose of the study was to investigate (a) how self-generated problems and questions directed students in their learning, (b) how students reacted to this instructional approach, and (c) the problems that they encountered. Students formulated problems…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Video Technology, Problem Based Learning, Biology
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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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Grotzer, Tina A.; Basca, Belinda Bell – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Students have difficulty understanding ecosystem concepts. This article argues that the difficulty stems partly from not grasping the underlying causality that structures the concepts. We report on an intervention study designed to teach eight- and nine-year-olds to reason about domino, cyclic, and mutual causality by infusing causally focused…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Ecology, Grade 3, Intervention