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Schmidt, Hiemke K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Researchers agree that an interdisciplinary approach should be taken to address bioethical issues at school. Little is known about the knowledge students need to be able to understand and take part in discussions about these issues. We investigate the relationship between 79 students' prior knowledge in various domains and their ability to recall…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Level
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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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Ågren, J. Arvid; Williamson, Robert J.; Campitelli, Brandon E.; Wheeler, Jill – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in our understanding of the social behaviour of microbes. Here, we take advantage of these developments to present an undergraduate laboratory exercise that uses the cooperative flocculating behaviour of yeast ("Saccharomyces sp.") to introduce the concept of inclusive fitness and teach the…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Study, Science Laboratories, Genetics
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Goulder, Raymond; Scott, Graham W. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Reviews of the state of biology fieldwork in UK schools and universities at the beginning of the twenty-first century (Barker, Slingsby, and Tilling 2002; Smith 2004) were not entirely pessimistic; rather they suggested ways forward that might lead to an increase in fieldwork. Whether their hopes have been realised has, perhaps, been revealed by…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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McLaughlin, Cheryl A.; Broo, Jennifer; MacFadden, Bruce J.; Moran, Sean – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
One major emphasis of reform initiatives in science education is the importance of extended inquiry experiences for students through authentic collaborations with scientists. As such, unique partnerships have started to emerge between science and education in an ongoing effort to capture the interest and imaginations of students as they make sense…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Biology, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Journal of Biological Education, 2014
As education in England emerges from a major curriculum review (DfE 2013), the next few years will see significant changes in what is taught in schools and how this is assessed. As a core subject, under the current proposals, all students, from the beginning of primary school until age 16, will study science in some detail. Biology is an exciting,…
Descriptors: Biology, Secondary School Science, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Dirrigl, Frank J., Jr.; Noe, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Teaching scientific writing in biology classes is challenging for both students and instructors. This article offers and reviews several useful "toolkit" items that improve student writing. These include sentence and paper-length templates, funnelling and compartmentalisation, and preparing compendiums of corrections. In addition,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Technical Writing, Biology
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Kinchin, Ian M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Concept mapping is discussed as a tool for the visualisation of knowledge structures that can be exploited within biological education. Application of this tool makes it possible to relate the structure of the curriculum to the structure of the discipline, in order to support the development of robust student knowledge structures in ways that…
Descriptors: Expertise, Concept Mapping, Discipline, Cognitive Structures
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Falk, Hedda; Yarden, Anat – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Different genres of scientific articles have begun to diffuse into science curricula. Among them, adapted primary literature (APL) retains the characteristics of scientific research articles, while adapting their contents to the knowledge level of students in the 11th to 12th grades. We present three models for the teaching and learning of the…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Knowledge Level, Periodicals, Teaching Methods
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Lewis, Jenny – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
For many years there has been a growing concern, particularly among researchers in biology education, about the extent to which research findings from one discipline (most usually physics education) can be applied directly to other disciplines (particularly biology education). This paper explores the issue through the use of one particular…
Descriptors: Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Fused Curriculum, Technology Transfer
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Bizzo, Nelio; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Many studies have shown that students' understanding of evolution is low and some sort of historical approach would be necessary in order to allow students to understand the theory of evolution. It is common to present Mendelian genetics to high school students prior to Biological Evolution, having in mind historical and epistemological…
Descriptors: Heredity, Curriculum Development, Scientific Principles, Genetics
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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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Castera, Jeremy; Bruguiere, Catherine; Clement, Pierre – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
The presentation of genetic diseases in French secondary school biology textbooks is analysed to determine the major conceptions taught in the field of human genetics. References to genetic diseases, and the processes by which they are explained (monogeny, polygeny, chromosomal anomaly and environmental influence) are studied in recent French…
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Textbooks, Genetics, Biology
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McCarthy, Susan; Sanders, Martie – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
This paper proposes the use of a key biological concept--broad classification--to teach the provisional and contested nature of science in school biology curricula. It also examines existing curriculum-related factors which might pose obstacles to implementing such a change. An investigation in South Africa highlights the problems regarding…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Biology, Foreign Countries, Interviews
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Myers, Alan; Bourn, Julia; Pool, Brynne – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
We present an investigation (for A-level biology students and equivalent) into the mechanism of glucose-induced extracellular acidification in unbuffered yeast suspensions. The investigation is designed to enhance understanding of aspects of the A-level curriculum that relate to the phenomenon (notably glucose catabolism) and to develop key skills…
Descriptors: Investigations, Biology, Inquiry, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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