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Felege, Christopher J.; Ralph, Steven G. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
During the 2012-2013 academic year the University of North Dakota (UND) piloted the use of a Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) classroom. "Genetics," a 300 level class for Biology majors, and "Concepts of Biology," an introductory course for non-majors were two of the classes…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Satterthwait, Donna – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In this paper, I explore how seamless embedding of four mathematical concepts: counting, ratio, distribution, and statistical significance, into a unit on inheritance enables students to gain a deeper insight into biological phenomena than a qualitative only approach achieves. The topic of Mendelian inheritance is used to illustrate this proposal.…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Genetics, Mathematical Concepts
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Mouton, Marnel; Archer, Edward – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Institutions of Higher Education have grappled with the predicament of first-year success and epistemological access for years. Recently, a study employed Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) to elucidate why students who performed relatively well in high school biology struggled with the subject in first-year. This study shed valuable light on this…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Semantics
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Lin, Show-Yu; Lin, Chen-Yung; Hsin, Ming-Chin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Visual representations are a familiar element of daily life and particularly beneficial as illustrations in science textbooks. In this case, learners draw on human dimensions such as cognitive style (CS) and prior knowledge (PK) when engaging in visual thinking. This study aimed to compare and explore the relationships among the format aspect…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Visual Learning, Cognitive Style, Illustrations
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Silva, Heslley M.; Peñaloza, Gonzalo; Tomasco, Ivanna H.; Carvalho, Graça S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Despite scientific evidence suggesting close phylogenetic relationship between chimpanzees and humans, the inclusion of these apes in the genus "Homo" is controversial. Several tools have been used to analyse this issue such as fossils, molecular clock and genome. This work intended to understand the biology teachers' conceptions about…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Latin Americans, Genetics
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Rodríguez Gil, Sergio Gustavo; Fradkin, Maia; Castañeda-Sortibrán, América Nitxin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
We have designed and tested an exercise to detect misconceptions among students about meiosis, a fundamental concept in genetics. A total of 30 students responded to a questionnaire, all of whom were in the fifth semester of the Biology bachelor's degree program offered by the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Our…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Pierce, Amanda A.; de Man, Tom J. B. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The evolution of resistance to antibiotics provides a timely and relevant topic for teaching undergraduate students evolutionary biology. Here, we present a module incorporating modified sequencing data from eight antibiotic resistant pathogen outbreaks in hospital settings with bioinformatics and phylogenetic analyses. This module uses whole…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Science Instruction, Evolution, Biology
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Asmus, Stephen E.; Batey, Kaylind G.; Gale-Butto, Serena N.; Schmitt, Barrie L. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Cell migration, a fundamental process in development, wound healing, and immune function, is a common topic in undergraduate cell biology courses. We developed laboratory exercises with an inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach in which cell migration could be examined with the scratch assay, adapted from the primary literature. A narrow scratch…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Biology, Cytology, Inquiry
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Marshall, Pamela A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
In the world of higher education, one of the struggles instructors face in the classroom is engaging students in the material. A second discussion in higher education pedagogy is how to weigh content versus activity in the science classroom. How should college teaching be set up when students now have every fact ever found at their fingertips on a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Whitenack, Lisa B.; Drew, Joshua A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Given the importance of phylogenetic trees to understanding common ancestry and evolution, they are a necessary part of the undergraduate biology curriculum. However, a number of common misconceptions, such as reading across branch tips and understanding homoplasy, can pose difficulties in student understanding. Students also may take phylogenetic…
Descriptors: Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology, Biology
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Valero Haro, Anahuac; Noroozi, Omid; Biemans, Harm J. A.; Mulder, Martin – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The present study investigated the effects of an online learning environment supported with worked examples and peer feedback on students' argumentative essay writing and domain-specific knowledge acquisition in the field of biotechnology. As part of a bigger project, a pre- and post-test study design was used with 45 bachelor students who were…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Demonstrations (Educational), Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Schmidt, Hiemke K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Researchers agree that an interdisciplinary approach should be taken to address bioethical issues at school. Little is known about the knowledge students need to be able to understand and take part in discussions about these issues. We investigate the relationship between 79 students' prior knowledge in various domains and their ability to recall…
Descriptors: Biology, Ethics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Level
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Elwess, Nancy L.; Latourelle, Sandra M.; Myers, Luke – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
DNA Barcoding is a powerful molecular biology tool for the identification of species, analysis of gene flow from within and between populations and evaluating species concepts. The process can be incorporated into a college genetics or bioinformatics core curriculum. Here we demonstrate how, by simply using Plecoptera, we actively engaged students…
Descriptors: Genetics, Molecular Biology, College Science, College Students
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Shen, Jie – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The development and evaluation of a two-session laboratory class, based on Geneswitch technology and sex determination in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, is described. Geneswitch system allows conditional control of gene expression. A laboratory exercise has been devised for sophomores in order to illustrate how Geneswitch technology can be…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Genetics, Entomology
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teaching students about human reproduction is becoming increasingly daunting as assisted reproduction technologies challenge scientific, social and legal perceptions of parenthood. Mitochondrial replacement in particular forces us to re-examine established paradigms not only in the context of human reproduction but also with regard to the way in…
Descriptors: Biology, Birth, Biotechnology, Teaching Methods
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