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Felege, Christopher J.; Ralph, Steven G. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
During the 2012-2013 academic year the University of North Dakota (UND) piloted the use of a Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) classroom. "Genetics," a 300 level class for Biology majors, and "Concepts of Biology," an introductory course for non-majors were two of the classes…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Biology
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Jones, Harriet L.; Green, Jon R.; Prendergast, John; Scott, Jon – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The current A-level biology curriculum includes a broad coverage of all the biosciences which demands knowledge of a wide range of biological vocabulary. Students (n = 184) from two UK universities were presented with a list of vocabulary, associated with a 'Revise Biology' text which highlighted key terms that students should know. Lecturers…
Descriptors: Biology, Teacher Expectations of Students, Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines
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Tsybulsky, Dina; Dodick, Jeff; Camhi, Jeff – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
In this study we designed, implemented, and evaluated an outreach programme for high-school biology students rooted in the 'science as inquiry' approach. Accordingly, students learn about science from experts in the field, as well as through in-class exposure to the history and philosophy of science. Our sample consisted of 11th graders (n = 497),…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Biology, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Tal, Tali; Tsaushu, Masha – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Our interpretative study that was carried out in a science and engineering oriented university examined the ways students in an introductory biology course perceived their learning in the course that was substantially changed to allow student-centered learning. The instructional change was framed by the view of learning as a sociocultural activity…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Biology, Science Instruction, College Science
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Špernjak, Andreja; Šorgo, Andrej – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This paper reports on the contribution to biological knowledge of three different laboratory technologies and also endeavours to discover which technology students prefer the most. To examine differences in knowledge gained and learners' preferences for different technologies in biology laboratory work, we prepared three variants (triplets) of…
Descriptors: Differences, Biology, Foreign Countries, Grade 6
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Glackin, Melissa; Harrison, Christine – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teachers conceptualise inquiry learning in science learning differently. This is particularly evident when teachers are introduced to inquiry pedagogy within a new context. This exploratory study draws on semi-structured interviews conducted with eight pre-service secondary biology teachers following a day visit with university tutors to the Royal…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Semi Structured Interviews, Preservice Teachers
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Novick, Laura R.; Catley, Kefyn M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The ability to interpret and reason from Tree of Life diagrams is a key component of twenty-first century science literacy. This article reports on the authors' continued development of a multifaceted research-based curriculum--including an instructional booklet, lectures, laboratories and a field activity--to teach such tree thinking to biology…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Biodiversity, Forestry
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Sadi, Özlem; Lee, Min-Hsien – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The purpose of this study is to compare the conceptions of learning biology (COLB) of Taiwanese and Turkish high school students. In addition, it was investigated whether there is a gender difference in students' COLB in both countries. The COLB questionnaire was implemented in both countries and students' COLB were identified. A total of 562…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, High School Students, Student Attitudes
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Scott, Fraser J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Basic mathematical fluency is a prerequisite for success in a wide array of areas in biology and it has been noted that many students are deficient in this skill. In this paper, the use of a "simulated" peer-assessment activity is investigated as a method to improve performance in numerical problem-solving questions in high school…
Descriptors: High School Students, Biology, Science Instruction, Peer Evaluation
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Lee, Yeung Chung; Kwok, Ping Wai – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This paper examines the feasibility of using historical case studies to contextualise the learning of the nature of science and technology in a biology lesson. Through exploring the historical development of vaccine technology, students were expected to understand the complexity of the relationships between technology and science beyond the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Kreuzer, Pia; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The aim of this study was to design and evaluate an inquiry- and activity-based learning unit for the classroom that uses biological collections to teach key evolutionary concepts and to support the understanding and appreciation of the work of a museum. The unit consisted of three parts that focused on the most important tasks of museums:…
Descriptors: Museums, Biology, Science Instruction, Units of Study
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Ibarguren, Izaskun; Villamarín, Antonio – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
All the cells of higher organisms have the same DNA but not the same proteins. Each type of specialised cell that forms a tissue has its own pattern of gene expression and, consequently, it contains a particular set of proteins that determine its function. Here, we describe a laboratory exercise addressed to undergraduate students that aims to…
Descriptors: Biology, Animals, Cytology, Genetics
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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Research has shown that hands-on activities in biology/science education tend to improve children's attitudes towards science. These hands-on activities can influence children's interest in various ways, perhaps because they invoke varying emotions. We used a sample of 10-12-year-old children (n = 142) to examine the effect of hands-on activities…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Knowledge Level
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Grossman, W. Eric; Fleet, Christine M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Evolutionary theory is central to the biological sciences, and to critical aspects of everyday life, and yet a significant proportion of Americans reject evolution. Our study sets out to examine the role of a second year college general education course in affecting students' acceptance of evolution. We report three years of data using the Measure…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, College Science, Theories
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