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Veresoglou, Stavros D.; Rillig, Matthias C. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Because Journal Clubs (JClubs) represent valued educational tools, we often assume optimality of Journal Club practices. We analyze here JClubs records from a research group to identify factors that modify how much attendants benefit from discussing a paper. We demonstrate that attendants benefit most from papers focusing on systems similar to…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Journal Articles, Clubs, Discussion Groups
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Wyner, Yael; Blatt, Erica – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
This study used sociocultural learning theory to better understand how middle and high school environmental science and biology students and pre- and in-service science teachers connect the daily life activity of eating to the food web model learned in school. We sought to understand how student and teacher perceptions of the environment and their…
Descriptors: Food, Eating Habits, Ecology, Middle School Students
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Francis, Robert A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Urban ecology has matured as a field of investigation. This paper explores how well it has transitioned into the educational curricula of UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by mapping the presence of urban ecological or environmental topics across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The prevalence of different topics, the level at…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Ecology, Higher Education, Graduate Study
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de la Fuente, Yohanis; Hokayem, Hayat – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This study investigates how lower elementary students used the technical terms in the context of ecology. We interviewed 44 students using several scenarios related to the ecosystem. We determined the general frequency of technical terms used from a preselected list commonly employed by scientists in their discourse about ecosystems. Then, we…
Descriptors: Ecology, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Skills, Interviews
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Cooper, Robert A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Student reasoning about cases of natural selection is often plagued by errors that stem from miscategorising selection as a direct, causal process, misunderstanding the role of randomness, and from the intuitive ideas of intentionality, teleology and essentialism. The common thread throughout many of these reasoning errors is a failure to apply…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Misconceptions, Ecology, Evolution
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Zangori, Laura; Koontz, Jason A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Undergraduate biology majors require biological literacy about the critical and dynamic relationships between plants and ecosystems and the effect human-made processes have on these systems. To support students in understanding systems relationships, we redesigned an undergraduate botany course using an ecological framework and embedded systems…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Biology, Majors (Students)
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Reiss, Michael J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
In this commentary, Michael Reiss describes his time with the "Journal of Biology Education" ("JBE") dating back to 1984 when the journal published his first article (Reiss 1984). Over the years, Reiss has authored 31 "JBE" pieces (excluding reviews) including one in honor of the journal's 25th anniversary (Reiss…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biology, Science Education, Journal Articles
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Hokayem, Hayat; Ma, Jingjing; Jin, Hui – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
This study examines to what extent elementary students use feedback loop reasoning, a key component of systems thinking, to reason about interactions among organisms in ecosystems. We conducted clinical interviews with 44 elementary students (1st through 4th grades). We asked students to explain how populations change in two contexts: a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Interviews, Feedback (Response), Learning Processes
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Jussila, Terttu; Virtanen, Viivi – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Virtual Forest is a web-based, open-access learning environment about forests designed for primary-school pupils between the ages of 10 and 13 years. It is pedagogically designed to develop an understanding of ecology, to enhance conceptual development and to give a holistic view of forest ecosystems. Various learning tools, such as concept maps,…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Forestry, Ecology, Virtual Classrooms
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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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Jordan, Rebecca C.; Brooks, Wesley R.; Hmelo-Silver, Cindy; Eberbach, Catherine; Sinha, Suparna – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Promoting student understanding of ecosystem processes is critical to biological education. Yet, teaching complex life systems can be difficult because systems are dynamic and often behave in a non-linear manner. In this paper, we discuss assessment results from a middle school classroom intervention in which a conceptual representation framework…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Accuracy, Ecology, Biology
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Sukhontapatipak, Chutamas; Srikosamatara, Sompoad – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Providing undergraduate biology students with ecological knowledge and environmental awareness is critical for developing professionalism in sustainable development. In addition to the cognitive and psychomotor development, outdoor ecological exercises combining place-based education and experiential learning can stimulate the affective domain of…
Descriptors: Field Instruction, Student Attitudes, Action Research, Experiential Learning
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Gebbels, Susan; Hunter, Jo; Nunoo, Francis K. E.; Tagoe, E.; Evans, Stewart M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Pupils aged 12-14 from the University of Ghana Primary and Junior High School conducted studies off the coast adjacent to Accra, including a field visit to explore the effects of climate change on the country's biology, ecology and physical environment. They composed poems and made paintings about the coast and sea as means of conveying their…
Descriptors: Ecology, Art, Foreign Countries, Content Analysis
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Odom, Arthur Louis; Bell, Clare V. – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Teachers as well as students often have difficulty formulating good research questions because not all questions lend themselves to scientific investigation. The following is a guide for high-school and college life-science teachers to help students define question types central to biological field studies. The mayfly nymph was selected as the…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Investigations, Field Studies, Knowledge Level
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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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