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Luttikhuizen, Pieternella C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teaching biological evolution can be difficult on a number of levels, be it student confusion arising from prior conceptions and the controversy surrounding evolution, or simply because the material is complex. Games and simulations can help to convey complex topics and also to increase variety in teaching methods. Here I describe a card game that…
Descriptors: Evolution, Teaching Methods, Genetics, Science Instruction
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Zurita, Adolfo R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
EvoluZion is a forward-in-time genetic simulator developed in Java and designed to perform real time simulations on the evolutionary history of virtual organisms. These model organisms harbour a set of 13 genes that codify an equal number of phenotypic features. These genes change randomly during replication, and mutant genes can have null,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, Evolution, Science Instruction
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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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Stanisavljevic, Jelena; Djuric, Dragan – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of models of programmed instruction and conventional (informative-illustrative) expository teaching in terms of fulfilling the aims of the course "Human anatomy and physiology" which is included in the physiology programme and designed for undergraduate students majoring in biology…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Physiology, Anatomy, Biology
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Goodwin, Mark; Kramer, Cas; Cashmore, Annette – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Bioethics is an increasingly important part of the biosciences curriculum at school and in higher education, but few science teachers have much experience of teaching the subject in an engaging or interactive manner. This article sets out a session that allows students to practise the skills of ethical thinking and ethical debate in a relevant…
Descriptors: Audiences, Science Teachers, Ethics, 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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Lock, Roger – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Between 1963 and 2009, there have been 13 published studies offering empirical evidence on biology fieldwork in schools and colleges in the UK. This paper considers the evidence from these studies relating to work with 16-19 year old students undertaking academic study beyond the compulsory years of schooling; advanced ("A") level. It…
Descriptors: Field Studies, Criticism, Biology, Teaching Methods
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Franklin, Sue; Peat, Mary; Lewis, Alison – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Outlines the results of an investigation into whether first year biology students used card game discussions and crosswords provided to help them learn and how useful these resources were perceived to be. Evaluates teaching staff's perceptions with regard to the resources. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Educational Games, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Tsai, Chin-Chung; Huang, Chao-Ming – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Reviews five methods of representing cognitive structures: (1) free word association; (2) controlled word association; (3) tree construction; (4) concept map; and (5) flow map. Discusses the applications as well as the limitations of these methods by comparing the types of analysis that are generated. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping
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Randler, Christoph; Bogner, Franz – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Compares two different methods of educational instruction, both addressing the improvement of pupils in bird species identification skills. Uses hands-on and group-based learning styles with (stuffed) taxidermy specimens and teacher-based slide presentations. Reports an increase in knowledge with both instructional methods but different learning…
Descriptors: Biology, Classification, Cooperative Learning, Hands on Science
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Thomas, M.; Hughes, S. G.; Hart, P. M.; Schollar, J.; Keirle, K.; Griffith, G. W. – Journal of Biological Education, 2001
Describes a group work approach to the teaching of ethical issues in biotechnology and evaluates its impact on the acquisition of the key skills of working together, communication, and problem solving. Uses the Key Skills Confidence Scale (KSCS) to evaluate post-16 students' self confidence. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Biotechnology, Ethical Instruction, Group Instruction
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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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McElroy, A. Rennie; McNaughton, Forbes C. – Journal of Biological Education, 1979
Describes a course to increase students' ability and willingness to use and read the scientific literature and to promote student contributions to the literature in an acceptable style and format. (Author/MA)
Descriptors: Biology, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Information Sources
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Bryant, Trevor N.; Smith, John E. – Journal of Biological Education, 1979
Describes an interactive Fortran computer program which provides an exercise in the identification of bacteria. Provides a way of enhancing a student's approach to systematic bacteriology and numerical identification procedures. (Author/MA)
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Higher Education, Laboratory Experiments
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