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Drissner, Jürgen Reinhold; Haase, Hans-Martin; Wittig, Susanne; Hille, Katrin – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The "Green Classroom" in the Botanical Garden of the University of Ulm is a learning forum outdoor school that is used by about 2500 school students annually. Its educational concept is based on experiential learning and is geared towards expanding students' biological knowledge and developing positive attitudes towards small animals and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Effectiveness, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries
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Dor-Haim, Shayli; Amir, Ruth; Dodick, Jeff – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
One of the most serious problems facing our planet is the biodiversity crisis. As a solution to this problem, both scientists and educators have emphasised the need for educating people about how to conserve the Earth's biodiversity. As a small contribution to this effort, we have designed a learning unit about biodiversity, "Nature in a…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Biodiversity, Grade 12, Foreign Countries
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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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Heaton, Anne – Journal of Biological Education, 1982
Proposes that biology classes spend more time studying living organisms in the field. Advantages and problems of fieldwork in towns are discussed and suggestions are made to help teachers ensure that classes obtain maximum benefit from their outdoor studies. Instructional strategies and a short list of useful texts are included. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Education, Outdoor Activities
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Moss, S.; Theobald, D. – Journal of Biological Education, 1979
Describes an approach to ecology teaching based on a workbook of structured integrated exercises and in-service courses for teachers. (Author/MA)
Descriptors: Biology, Course Descriptions, Ecology, Environmental Education
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Brown, Kenneth R. – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
A portable and inexpensive blowfly trap, constructed from flower pots/buckets and mesh, suitable for introductory studies in blowfly succession is described. Investigations that examine species composition over time and the differences between baits are discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Biology, Classification, Data Analysis, Ecological Factors
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Doberski, Julian; Brodie, Iain D. S. – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
The value and difficulties of long-term ecological monitoring studies undertaken in schools and colleges are reviewed. Rookeries, stream ecology, sand dune succession, fish population, and seed production and survival are presented as examples of successful studies. This is followed by a discussion of points to consider when setting up a long-term…
Descriptors: Biology, Data Analysis, Ecological Factors, Ecology
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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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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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Humphreys, T. J. – Journal of Biological Education, 1987
Addresses problems associated with biology fieldwork and the teaching of ecology. Points out the need for the development of an objective approach in evaluating the effectiveness of fieldwork exercises. Reports on the evaluation of concept education by transect exercises. (ML)
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Teaching, Ecology, Evaluation Needs
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Hale, Monica – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
The effect of the introduction of the National Curriculum on ecology teaching in England and Wales is assessed. The ecological content of the new curriculum is compared with practicing ecologists' views of what constitutes ecology. (Author)
Descriptors: Biology, British National Curriculum, Conservation (Environment), Curriculum Development
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Paton, Ray – Journal of Biological Education, 1991
A variety of examples are given from different areas of biology to illustrate the general applicability of matrix algebra to discrete models. These models of biological systems are concerned with relations between processes occurring in discrete time intervals. Diffusion, ecosystems, and different types of cells are modeled. (KR/Author)
Descriptors: Algebra, Biology, Diffusion (Physics), Ecology
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Humphreys, T. J. – Journal of Biological Education, 1981
Discusses advantages of using an estuarine environment as a study area for A-level students and reviews organizational considerations. Details and references regarding a variety of suitable techniques are provided along with examples of results obtained by students at Waltham Forest College. (Author/DC)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Ecology, Environmental Education
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Gray, N. F. – Journal of Biological Education, 1982
Using percolating filters (components of sewage treatment process) reduces problems of organization, avoids damage to habitats, and provides a local study site for field work or rapid collection of biological material throughout the year. Component organisms are easily identified and the habitat can be studied as a simple or complex system.…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Ecology, High Schools
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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
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