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Nyutu, Eva N.; Cobern, William W.; Pleasants, Brandy A. S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
Introductory laboratory courses are a standard component of undergraduate science programmes and historically taught using direct instruction/confirmatory lab models. Previous studies have shown that inquiry-based labs enhance student engagement in science courses. However, research on how direct instruction introductory lab courses effectively…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Direct Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Microbiology
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Patrick, Patricia; Matteson, Shirley – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
"Science and Children" and "Science Scope" are peer-reviewed science practitioner journals that publish articles for science educators who teach children of ages 5-10 years and 10-13 years, respectively. As such, these articles are a reflection of the science concepts that are being communicated to science educators. This…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Journal Articles, Biology, Bibliometrics
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Wommer, Fernanda Gabriela Bitencourt; Loreto, Everton Miguel Silva; Sepel, Lenira Maria Nunes; Loreto, Elgion Lucio Silva – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The history of science is an important component to acquire for achieving scientific literacy. In this study, a collaborative activity was applied in which the students were presented with the historical context in which Robert Hooke lived and developed the first register of the microscopic world. Furthermore, the students explored the environment…
Descriptors: Science Education History, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Literacy
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Novo, M. Teresa; Casanoves, Marina; Garcia-Vallvé, Santi; Pujadas, Gerard; Mulero, Miquel; Valls, Cristina – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present a practical activity focusing on two main goals: to give learners the opportunity to experience how the scientific method works and to increase their knowledge about enzymes in everyday situations. The exercise consists of determining the amylase activity of commercial detergents. The methodology is based on a qualitative assay using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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Tatner, Mary; Tierney, Anne – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The development and evaluation of a two-week laboratory class, based on the diagnosis of human infectious diseases, is described. It can be easily scaled up or down, to suit class sizes from 50 to 600 and completed in a shorter time scale, and to different audiences as desired. Students employ a range of techniques to solve a real-life and…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Problem Based Learning, Science Laboratories
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Fernando, James; Carlson, Bradley; LeBard, Timothy; McCarthy, Michael; Umali, Finianne; Ashton, Bryce; Rose, Ferrill F., Jr. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
The dramatic decrease in the cost of sequencing a human genome is leading to an era in which a wide range of students will benefit from having an understanding of human genetic variation. Since over 90% of sequence variation between humans is in the form of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), a laboratory exercise has been devised in order to…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Science Activities
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Philip, Judith M. D.; Taber, Keith S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
School science practical activities have been criticised for exposing learners to a series of phenomena disconnected from the conceptual frameworks needed to understand them. Such activities are successful in the "domain of observables" but not the "domain of ideas". Few resources exist for classroom teachers wishing to improve…
Descriptors: Biology, Inquiry, Active Learning, Hands on Science
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Pietsch, Renée B.; Bohland, Cynthia L.; Schmale, David G., III. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Biological flight mechanics is typically taught in graduate level college classes rather than in secondary school classes. We developed an interdisciplinary unit for advanced upper-level secondary school students (ages 15-18) to teach the principles of flight and applications to biological systems. This unit capitalised on the tremendous…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Mechanics (Physics)
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Kragten, Marco; Admiraal, Wilfried; Rijlaarsdam, Gert – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Process diagrams are important tools in biology for explaining processes such as protein synthesis, compound cycles and the like. The aim of the present study was to measure the ability to solve process-diagram problems in biology and its relationship with prior knowledge, spatial ability and working memory. For this purpose, we developed a test…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Biology, Problem Solving, Cognitive Ability
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João Fonseca, Maria; Costa, Patrício; Lencastre, Leonor; Tavares, Fernando – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Excessive exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes sunburn and has been consistently associated with increased susceptibility to melanoma and skin ageing. Acknowledging the need to promote healthy sun exposure habits, numerous educational initiatives have been developed to raise public awareness towards this issue. However, studies…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, At Risk Persons, Health Promotion, Cancer
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Mafra, Paulo; Lima, Nelson; Carvalho, Graça S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Experimental science activities in primary school enable important cross-curricular learning. In this study, experimental activities on microbiology were carried out by 16 pupils in a Portuguese grade-4 classroom (9-10?years old) and were focused on two problem-questions related to microbiology and health: (1) do your teeth carry microbes? (2) why…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Dental Health, Health Education
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Heyduck, Birgit; Harms, Ute – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Our out-of-school practical exercise was designed to bring upper secondary school students in contact with one of the most exciting and expanding topics in biology today: epigenetics. In school, students only study the basics in genetics and the respective investigation techniques as provided by the syllabus. For a practical exercise in…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Students
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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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Verran, J.; Crossley, M.; Carolan, K.; Jacobs, N.; Amos, M. – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
The aim of this learning exercise was to harness current interest in zombies in order to educate audiences about the epidemiology of infectious disease. Participants in the activity were provided with an outbreak scenario, which they then used as the basis of play-based activities. By considering the mode and speed of transmission, size of…
Descriptors: Epidemiology, Communicable Diseases, Computer Simulation, Microbiology
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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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