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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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Whitenack, Lisa B.; Drew, Joshua A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Given the importance of phylogenetic trees to understanding common ancestry and evolution, they are a necessary part of the undergraduate biology curriculum. However, a number of common misconceptions, such as reading across branch tips and understanding homoplasy, can pose difficulties in student understanding. Students also may take phylogenetic…
Descriptors: Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology, Biology
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Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana; Lenz, Adam; Ivanovitch, John – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Research has focused on identifying and overcoming determinants that impede widespread adoption of instructional interventions, with little empirical examination of postsecondary educators' perceptions about these interventions. We explored postsecondary biology educators' sensemaking of education improvement interventions targeting undergraduate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
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Wanford, Joe; Aidley, Jack; Bayliss, Chris; Ketley, Julian; Goodwin, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Mutation, diversity, natural selection and the biology of human pathogens (including antibiotic resistance) are key features of the biosciences curriculum at A Level and undergraduate study. Few resources exist to allow students to engage with these topics in an interactive manner. This paper describes an interactive, online simulation of mutation…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Jacquemart, Anne-Laure; Lhoir, Pierre; Binard, Fabian; Descamps, Charlotte – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Teaching plant identification includes demonstrating how to use dichotomous keys; this requires knowledge of numerous botanical terms and can be challenging, confusing and frustrating for students. Here, we developed a multimedia tool to help students (1) learn botanical terms, (2) practice, train and test their knowledge of plant identification…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Biology, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E.; Smith, Alison M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Bryophytes are a rewarding study group in field biology and the UK bryophyte flora has international importance to biodiversity conservation. We designed an identification key to common woodland moss species and compared the usability of two formats, web-based multi-access and printed dichotomous key, with undergraduate students. The rate of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Plants (Botany), Biology, Biodiversity
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Zhang, Xiaorong – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
A phylogenetics exercise is incorporated into the "Introduction to biocomputing" course, a junior-level course at Savannah State University. This exercise is designed to help students learn important concepts and practical skills in molecular phylogenetics through solving a real-world problem. In this application, students are required to identify…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Biology, Thinking Skills, Science Instruction
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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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Maloof, Joan; White, Vanessa K. B. – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Students in college biology laboratory classes were grouped heterogeneously or homogeneously according to preferred cognitive learning style and were instructed using the cooperative learning method Student Teams-Achievement Divisions (STAD). In the first year of a two-year study students were given training in a team study strategy. No…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning, Science Laboratories, Biology
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Ungar, Eugene David; Seligman, Noam G.; Noy-Meir, Imanuel – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
We describe a simple, yet intellectually challenging model of grazing systems that introduces basic concepts in ecology and systems analysis. The practical is suitable for high-school and university curricula with a quantitative orientation, and requires only basic skills in mathematics and spreadsheet use. The model is based on Noy-Meir's (1975)…
Descriptors: Animals, Systems Analysis, Ecology, Mathematics Skills
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Smith, Debbie – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
This paper describes the outcomes of a two-day Higher Education focus group meeting at Blencathra Field Centre, Cumbria, in November 2003. A review of the current status of fieldwork in undergraduate courses was undertaken. The data available indicates that although the number of students enrolling in Biological Science courses has increased, in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Experiential Learning, Biology
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Bryce, Charles F. A. – Journal of Biological Education, 1982
Because advanced students had difficulty in interpreting cleavage patterns obtained by gel electrophoresis related to rapid sequencing techniques for DNA and RNA, several formats were developed to aid in understanding this topic. Formats included print, print plus scrambled print, interactive computer-based instruction, and high-resolution…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics
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Wimpenny, Julian W. T.; Cooper, Rosemary A. – Journal of Biological Education, 1979
Presented is a card game (loosely based on Canasta) for use in teaching microbial systematics. The cards and rules are described for the game, which is based on the construction of named microorganisms drawn from a collection of cards carrying a range of characteristics. (CS)
Descriptors: Biology, Classification, College Science, Educational Games
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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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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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