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Luttikhuizen, Pieternella C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teaching biological evolution can be difficult on a number of levels, be it student confusion arising from prior conceptions and the controversy surrounding evolution, or simply because the material is complex. Games and simulations can help to convey complex topics and also to increase variety in teaching methods. Here I describe a card game that…
Descriptors: Evolution, Teaching Methods, Genetics, Science Instruction
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van Weelie, Daan; Boersma, Kerst – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The finding that biodiversity is a concept with different context-specific meanings has implications for its conceptual development when students are required to apply it in a diversity of contexts. An approach that may overcome these implications is that students learn to recontextualise one meaning to another. Since no empirical studies were…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Biology, Science Education, Context Effect
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Wierdsma, Menno; Knippels, Marie-Christine; van Oers, Bert; Boersma, Kerst – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Since concepts may have different meanings in different contexts, students have to learn to recontextualise them, i.e. to adapt their meanings to a new context. It is unclear, however, what characteristics a learning and teaching strategy for recontextualising should have. The study aims to develop such a learning and teaching strategy for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Teaching Methods, Cytology
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Kragten, Marco; Admiraal, Wilfried; Rijlaarsdam, Gert – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Process diagrams are important tools in biology for explaining processes such as protein synthesis, compound cycles and the like. The aim of the present study was to measure the ability to solve process-diagram problems in biology and its relationship with prior knowledge, spatial ability and working memory. For this purpose, we developed a test…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Biology, Problem Solving, Cognitive Ability
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Ummels, M. H. J.; Kamp, M. J. A.; de Kroon, H.; Boersma, K. Th. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Context-based education, in which students deal with biological concepts in a meaningful way, is showing promise in promoting the development of students' conceptual coherence. However, literature gives little guidance about how this kind of education should be designed. Therefore, our study aims at designing and evaluating the practicability of a…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science
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van der Zande, Paul; Brekelmans, Mieke; Vermunt, Jan D.; Waarlo, Arend Jan – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Recent neuropsychological research suggests that intuition and emotion play a role in our reasoning when we are confronted with moral dilemmas. Incorporating intuition and emotion into moral reflection is a rather new idea in the educational world, where rational reasoning is preferred. To develop a teaching and learning strategy to address this…
Descriptors: Moral Issues, Genetics, Biology, Concept Formation
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Schilders, Mariska; Sloep, Peter; Peled, Einat; Boersma, Kerst – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
This study examined what worldviews are present among Dutch students and teachers and how the students cope with scientific knowledge acquired in the biology classroom. Furthermore, we investigated what learning and teaching strategies teachers adopt when they teach about evolution and worldviews. For this survey, 10 schools for higher general…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Teaching Methods, World Views
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Knippels, Marie-Christine P. J.; Waarlo, Arend Jan; Boersma, Kerst Th. – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
While learning and teaching difficulties in genetics have been abundantly explored and described, there has been less focus on the development and field-testing of strategies to address them. To inform the design of such a strategy a review study, focus group interviews with teachers, a case study of a traditional series of genetics lessons,…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Genetics, Content Analysis