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Gould, Kevin S.; Gilbert, Amanda; Pike, Adrian J.; Menzies, Ignatius J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Microscopy skills are critical for many aspects of biology, yet they are notoriously difficult to teach, especially to large classes. We trialled the use of widescreen monitors with touch-screen capability connected to compound microscopes in an introductory-level plant biology lab. Working in teams, students used the screens to interpret,…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Manipulative Materials, Botany, Cooperative Learning
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Biology
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Andic, Branko; Cvijeticanin, Stanko; Maricic, Mirjana; Steševic, Danijela – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The aim of the research is to examine the contribution of applying author-generated dichotomous keys (digital key - DDK and print key - DPK) to the quality and durability of the knowledge of eighth grade students about the "Systematic and classifications of plants (Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms)", as compared to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 8, Science Instruction
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
We investigated usability of mobile computers and field guide books with adult botanical novices, for the identification of wildflowers and deciduous trees in winter. Identification accuracy was significantly higher for wildflowers using a mobile computer app than field guide books but significantly lower for deciduous trees. User preference…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Métioui, Abdeljalil; Matoussi, Fathi; Trudel, Louis – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
In this article we present a synthesis of the research affecting pupils' conceptions of photosynthesis and plant nutrition. The main false conceptions of the pupils identified in this literature review are: that green plants find their food in the soil; that water and mineral salts are sufficient to the growth of a plant; the role of chlorophyll,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Botany, Scientific Concepts
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Vidal, Manuel; Membiela, Pedro – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This study reveals and discusses the problems of future elementary teachers after they have completed a practical on germination, including the fact that such practice is conceptually more complex than is usually considered, at least when the aim is to experiment with the determinant factors for germination. In this case there seemed to be some…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Botany
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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Plants are characterised by a great diversity of easily observed features such as colours or shape, but children show low interest in learning about them. Here, we integrated modern theory of adaptive memory and evolutionary views of the function of fruit colouration on children's retention of information. Survival-relevant (fruit toxicity) and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Botany, Science Instruction
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Bonser, Stephen P.; de Permentier, Patrick; Green, Jacinta; Velan, Gary M.; Adam, Paul; Kumar, Rakesh K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Student interest in botany and enrolment in plant sciences courses tends to be low compared to that in other biological disciplines. One potential way of increasing student interest in botany is to focus on course material designed to raise student enthusiasm and satisfaction. Here, we introduce and evaluate virtual microscopy in botany teaching.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Botany, Feedback (Response), Student Interests
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Taxonomic education and botany are increasingly neglected in schools and universities, leading to a "missed generation" of adults that cannot identify organisms, especially plants. This study pilots three methods for teaching identification of native plant species to forty-three adults engaged in the participatory science project…
Descriptors: Identification, Teaching Methods, Botany, Plants (Botany)
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Domingos-Grilo, Paula; Reis-Grilo, Carlos; Ruiz, Constantino; Mellado, Vicente – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
We describe part of an action-research programme in Spain which was based on metacognitive reflection. The participants were four science teachers in a secondary school during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years. During the study, they each analysed their own pupils' alternative ideas on photosynthesis and their teaching methods as recorded in…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Botany, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Dove, Jane – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
This article analyses how rainforests are portrayed in children's resources. Twenty books and 12 websites on rainforests, designed for pupils aged between 9 and 14 years, were examined to determine the types and range of animals depicted and how plant life in general is portrayed. The most commonly depicted animal was the orang-utan and other…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Animals, Botany, Web Sites
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Saura, Pedro; Quiles, Maria Jose – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
This practical paper describes a novel fluorescence imaging experiment to study the three processes of photochemistry, fluorescence and thermal energy dissipation, which compete during the dissipation of excitation energy in photosynthesis. The technique represents a non-invasive tool for revealing and understanding the spatial heterogeneity in…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Heat, Physiology, Botany
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Kinchin, Ian M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
The consideration of threshold concepts is offered in the context of biological education as a theoretical framework that may have utility in the teaching and learning of biology at all levels. Threshold concepts may provide a mechanism to explain the observed punctuated nature of conceptual change. This perspective raises the profile of periods…
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Models, Academic Achievement
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Burrows, G. E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Understanding flower structure is important from many perspectives such as keying out plants, understanding fruit structure, investigating pollinator biology and in plant breeding. Probably the most complicated parts of a flower are the female components (the gynoecium). Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, it is not possible for much of the…
Descriptors: Botany, Biology, Student Diversity, Web Based Instruction
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Griffis, Kathy; Thadani, Vandana; Wise, Joe – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
We report on the development of a middle school life sciences inquiry module, Sensing the Environment. This "data-enriched" inquiry module includes a series of activities exploring the nature of science, photosynthesis, transpiration, and natural selection, which culminates in students' querying authentic environmental data to support a scientific…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Research Methodology, Scientific Principles, Teaching Guides
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