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Davies, Gail – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Why introduce genetics at primary level? Children are fascinated by themselves and where they come from. Many have heard of genes, mostly through the media coverage of genetics, and want to know more. Children should be engaged in science at an early age to foster an interest and encourage an appreciation of its relevance to life. Genetics sits…
Descriptors: Genetics, Primary Education, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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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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van Eijck, Michiel; Goedhart, Martin; Ellermeijer, Ton – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
A single heartbeat is a complicated process. In Dutch upper secondary biology textbooks this process is illustrated by the classical Wiggers diagram, which usually shows different heart-related quantities, like voltage (ECG), blood pressure, and the heart sounds. It may help students to understand the nature of the Wiggers diagram if they perform…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Laboratories, Computers, Biology
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Delpech, Roger – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
"Nuggets" are suggestions with practical advice to help in communicating biology to students. They are shorter than the formal papers and have not been peer-reviewed, but may provide ideas for the classroom. This article presents inexpensive alternative methods for students to measure small volumes of liquids in school biology laboratories.
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Laboratory Experiments, Science Instruction
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Caravita, Silvia; Falchetti, Elisabetta – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Many studies have investigated the classification of living things. Our study deals with a different problem: the attribution of life to one component of a living organism, specifically the bones. The task involves not only specifying what we mean by "alive", but also requires "informed thinking" leading to an understanding of…
Descriptors: Classification, Museums, Secondary School Students, Human Body
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Lewis, Alison; Peat, Mary; Franklin, Sue – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Protein synthesis is a complex process and students find it difficult to understand. This article describes an interactive discussion "game" used by first year biology students at the University of Sydney. The students, in small groups, use the game in which the processes of protein synthesis are actioned by the students during a…
Descriptors: Biology, Genetics, Scientific Concepts, Universities
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Knippels, Marie-Christine P. J.; Waarlo, Arend Jan; Boersma, Kerst Th. – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
While learning and teaching difficulties in genetics have been abundantly explored and described, there has been less focus on the development and field-testing of strategies to address them. To inform the design of such a strategy a review study, focus group interviews with teachers, a case study of a traditional series of genetics lessons,…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Genetics, Content Analysis
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Carlton, Kevin; Nicholls, Mike; Ponsonby, David – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
Some aspects of biology, for example the Hardy-Weinberg simulation of population genetics or modelling heat flow in lizards, have an undeniable mathematical basis. Students can find the level of mathematical skill required to deal with such concepts to be an insurmountable hurdle to understanding. If not used effectively, spreadsheet models…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Genetics, Biology, Science Instruction
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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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Zion, Michal; Shapira, Devora; Slezak, Michaella; Link, Efrat; Bashan, Nurit; Brumer, Miri; Orian, Talmona; Nussinovitch, R.; Agrest, Bruria; Mendelovici, Ruth – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
In recent years, the science teaching community and curriculum developers have emphasised the importance of teaching inquiry and teaching science as inquiry. One way of developing learners' skills for planning and carrying out scientific research is by allowing them to perform independent research, guided by a teacher. It was recently discovered…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Research, Biology, Teacher Guidance
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Chin, Christine; Chia, Li-Gek – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
This study employed problem-based learning (PBL) for project work in a Year 9 biology class. The purpose of the study was to investigate (a) how self-generated problems and questions directed students in their learning, (b) how students reacted to this instructional approach, and (c) the problems that they encountered. Students formulated problems…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Video Technology, Problem Based Learning, Biology
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Shim, Kew-Cheol; Park, Jong-Seok; Kim, Hyun-Sup; Kim, Jae-Hyun; Park, Young-Chul; Ryu, Hai-Il – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Reports on the findings of a study designed to develop three-dimensional virtual reality technology (VRT) learning programs for middle school students and evaluate the program's educational value. Focuses on the topic of structure and function of the eye. Concludes that VRT simulations allow comfortable interaction with computers and increase the…
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Simulation, Concept Formation, Educational Technology
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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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Oztap, Haydar; Ozay, Esra; Oztap, Fulya – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
This study examines the difficulties biology teachers face when teaching cell division in the secondary schools of the central part of the Erzurum province in Turkey. During this research, a questionnaire was distributed to a total of 36 secondary school biology teachers. Findings of the study indicate biology teachers perceive cell division as…
Descriptors: Biology, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Teaching Skills
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