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Marshall, Pamela A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In the world of higher education, one of the struggles instructors face in the classroom is engaging students in the material. A second discussion in higher education pedagogy is how to weigh content versus activity in the science classroom. How should college teaching be set up when students now have every fact ever found at their fingertips on a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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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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Strgar, Jelka – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
On first contact, students express less interest in plants than in animals. With suitable didactic methods, however, the teacher can actively interest students in plants. In our research we attempted to quantify the influence of these methods. 184 students of three age groups took part in the experiment. We used eight plants (one artificial). We…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Plants (Botany), Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
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Ottander, Christina; Grelsson, Gunnel – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
We describe a case study of an in-service professional development project with four experienced biology teachers in two upper secondary schools. The objective was to better understand the role of laboratory work (labwork) in science education with a special emphasis on assessment. Research questions include the following: 1. What does the teacher…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Biology, Case Studies, Professional Development
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Katayama, Nobuyasu; Kanaizuka, Yasuhiro; Sudarmi, Rini; Yokohama, Yasutsugu – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
The method for extracting and separating hydrophobic photosynthetic pigments proposed by Katayama "et al." ("Japanese Journal of Phycology," 42, 71-77, 1994) has been improved to introduce it to student laboratories at the senior high school level. Silica gel powder was used for removing water from fresh materials prior to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Chemistry, Laboratories, Botany
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Gipps, John – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
Proposes the use of a series of 11 casts of fossil skulls as a method of teaching about the theory of human evolution. Students explore the questions of which skulls are "human" and which came first in Homo Sapien development, large brain or upright stance. (MDH)
Descriptors: Anatomy, Biology, Evolution, Higher Education
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Gill, John; Badcock, Margaret – Journal of Biological Education, 1990
Presented is a cytogenic technique which enables students to produce preparations of dividing cells. Described are materials, methods, typical results, and assessment for this activity. The usefulness for a wide range of ages and abilities is stressed. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Cytology, High Schools
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Holland, A.; And Others – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Described is a simple technique to monitor air pollutants and to simulate some of the features of roadside canopies. Included are the procedures, directions for the assembly of the apparatus, and a discussion of typical results. Graphs of sample data are presented. (CW)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Biological Sciences, Biology, Botany
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New, June – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Described is an investigation of the contributions of genes and environment to a quantitative character using readily available varieties of dwarf beans. Included are a list of materials, typical results, and a student instruction sheet. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Genetics, Heredity
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Trevors, J. T. – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Described is a laboratory experiment that can be used to investigate bacterial survival in soil or water as well as the study of genetic transfer via conjugation. Discussed are materials, laboratory procedures, typical results, and a list of six references. (CW)
Descriptors: Bacteria, Biological Sciences, Biology, College Science
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Majerus, M. E. N.; And Others – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Presented are several ideas for projects involving ladybird beetles. Discussed is background information about the insects; and projects involving life histories, intra-specific variation, taxonomy, genetics, behavior, ecology, habitat surveys, population biology, and overwintering biology. Lists 12 references. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Entomology
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Gayford, Chris – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Suggested is a methodology for teaching and assessing group problem-solving with secondary school pupils. The results of a study conducted on this method are presented. The problem-solving approach used and operational definitions for assessment are listed. Scenarios for problem-solving activities are included. (CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Cognitive Processes, Creative Thinking
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Baxby, Derrick – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Presented is a brief review of the historical importance and knowledge of pneumonia which emphasizes the importance of type transformation. The results of a survey of textbook coverage of this topic are given. The significance of type transformations are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Bacteria, Biological Sciences, Biology, College Science
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Dewhurst, D. G.; And Others – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
An interactive computer-assisted learning program written for the BBC microcomputer to teach the basic principles of genetic engineering is described. Discussed are the hardware requirements software, use of the program, and assessment. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Reviews
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Wheater, C. P. – Journal of Biological Education, 1989
Two designs of undergraduate terrestrial ecology and behavior field courses are described and compared. These include using a variety of projects and using a single individual research project. The relative educational benefits of each are considered and the advantages of each type of course are discussed. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, College Science, Course Descriptions
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