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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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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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Harvey, Marina; Power, Michelle; Wilson, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
One response to the global trend of increasing rates of student participation in tertiary education has been for universities to increase the number of intensive mode of delivery subjects available. This phenomenon extends to science subjects. Embarking on offering an undergraduate science subject in intensive mode for the first time at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Delivery Systems, Student Participation, Intermode Differences
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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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Harper, Lynsey R.; Downie, J. Roger; Muir, Martin; White, Stewart A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The benefits of field courses for biological science students are well established, but field courses also have limitations: they are generally too brief to allow significant research and they are staff-designed and led, limiting the development of student autonomy. In contrast, the value of student-organised field expeditions has been little…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Focus Groups, Higher Education
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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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Coombs, I.; Tatner, M.; Paterson, V. – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Practical laboratory work in parasitology can be very limited, due to the difficulty in maintaining multi-host parasite life cycles, especially for a large, once-yearly undergraduate laboratory class for life science students. The use of mackerel, "Scomber scombrus," bought from a local fishmonger, is an ideal model to investigate important…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Biological Sciences, Laboratories, Undergraduate Students
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Jacobs-McDaniels, Nicole L.; Maine, Eleanor M.; Albertson, R. Craig; Wiles, Jason R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
We developed laboratory exercises using zebrafish ("Danio rerio") and nematodes ("Caenorhabditis elegans") for a sophomore-level Integrative Biology Laboratory course. Students examined live wildtype zebrafish at different stages of development and noted shifts occurring in response to "fgf8a" deficiency. Students were introduced to development in…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Genetics, Biology, Animals
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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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Mintz, Keren; Tal, Tali – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
Education for sustainability (EfS) in higher education is an emerging specialisation within the general field of EfS. EfS encompasses cognitive, affective and behavioural aspects, and aims at enhancing a variety of learning outcomes in these domains and reaching students from all programmes. One of the main challenges for higher education…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sustainability, Case Studies, Mixed Methods Research
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Brocklesby, Kayleigh; Smith, Robert; Sharp, Duncan – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
An interdisciplinary and engaging practical is detailed which offers great versatility in the study of a qualitative and quantitative metabolism of azo-dyes by "Staphylococcus aureus". This practical has broad scope for adaptation in the number and depth of variables to allow a focused practical experiment or small research project. Azo-dyes are…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Metabolism, Science Experiments, Science Instruction
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Bullock, Kate; Hejmadi, Momna; Lock, Gary – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Degree-integrated placements (DIPs) are an important learning experience for many bioscience undergraduates. How these extended experiences will be affected by the proposed changes in higher education funding in the UK is uncertain. This paper explores one bioscience degree programme to investigate the contention that learning outcomes,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Work Experience, Learning Experience, Undergraduate Students
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Mugnai, Riccardo; Barbosa, Julio Vianna; Baptista, Darcilio Fernandes – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
Teaching collections are of great importance for science instruction at any level. There are several problems linked to the handling and curatorial management of this kind of collection. Among these is the relatively short life-span of specimens, due to the damage from continuous handling by students. Often the specimens used to replenish the…
Descriptors: Animals, Water Quality, Research Projects, Biology
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Loehr, John F.; Almarode, John T.; Tai, Robert H.; Sadler, Philip M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
In a climate where increasing numbers of students are encouraged to pursue post-secondary education, the level of preparedness students have for college-level coursework is not far from the minds of all educators, especially high school teachers. Specifically within the biological sciences, introductory biology classes often serve as the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Introductory Courses, Investigations, Prior Learning
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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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