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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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Collings, David A.; Gerrard, Juliet A.; Garrill, Ashley – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
While most studies concerning how Universities respond to crises are based on simulations, we describe how the University of Canterbury responded to a real crisis, a series of major seismic events that caused significant disruption in 2010/2011. We focus on a single, first-year undergraduate biology course in which we modified our teaching…
Descriptors: Biology, Cytology, Biochemistry, College Freshmen
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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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Bell, Beverly; Barker, Miles – Journal of Biological Education, 1982
Evaluated teaching activites focusing on scientific concept of "animal" with three age groups: 5 (N=15), 9/10 (N=23) and 14 (N=20). Results suggest that these activities modified some students' concept of "animal" toward the scientific one, and that not understanding basic concepts (such as animal) may cause difficulties in…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching