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Lee, Yeung Chung; Kwok, Ping Wai – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
This paper examines the feasibility of using historical case studies to contextualise the learning of the nature of science and technology in a biology lesson. Through exploring the historical development of vaccine technology, students were expected to understand the complexity of the relationships between technology and science beyond the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Jenkins, Edgar – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
When the "Journal of Biological Education" was first published in 1967, biology was still very much the Cinderella of the three school sciences in many countries. Most selective secondary school biology courses readily betrayed their origins as an unconvincing coalition of botany and zoology. In the non-selective secondary modern…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Biological Sciences, Science Education History, Science Education
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Olander, Clas – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This paper explores affordances in teaching evolution, especially those in which evolution is made relevant to and argued for in a grade 9 biology classroom, thus giving potential answers to the pupils' legitimate question,"'why am I learning evolution?" The aim of the paper is methodological in the sense that it explores whether the…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Evolution, Grade 9, Biology
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Arnold, Savittree Rochanasmita; Kruatong, Tussatrin; Dahsah, Chanyah; Suwanjinda, Duongdearn – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
The classroom-friendly ABO blood type kit was developed by combining advantages of modelling and a simulation laboratory to teach the topics of ABO blood types and blood transfusion. Teachers can easily simulate the agglutination reaction on a blood type testing plate in the classroom, and show the students how this reaction occurs by using the…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Teachers, Science Curriculum, Teacher Educators
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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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Lu, Qun; Liu, Enshan – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
With the development and implementation of new curriculum standards, the field tests of education reform in senior high schools began in 2004 in four pilot provinces in mainland China. After five years of the reform, it is necessary to know how and to what extent the curriculum standard guides test classroom instruction. The present study was…
Descriptors: High Schools, Field Tests, Exit Examinations, Biology
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Asghar, Anila; Wiles, Jason R.; Alters, Brian – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
This study seeks to inform science education practitioners and researchers in the West about apparent attempts to reconcile science and religion in Pakistan's public school curriculum. We analysed the national high school science curriculum and biology textbooks (English) used in the Government schools in Pakistan, where Islamic faith is the…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Evolution, Textbooks, Biology
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Sander, Elke; Jelemenska, Patricia; Kattmann, Ulrich – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
In biology teaching, ecological subjects play an important role in dealing with nature in a responsible way. Empirical research has shown that, even after school instruction, students do not understand essential ecological concepts.The main reason is that preconceptions which influence learning are not taken into account in the construction of…
Descriptors: Ecology, Biodiversity, Methods, Science Education
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Ottander, Christina; Grelsson, Gunnel – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
We describe a case study of an in-service professional development project with four experienced biology teachers in two upper secondary schools. The objective was to better understand the role of laboratory work (labwork) in science education with a special emphasis on assessment. Research questions include the following: 1. What does the teacher…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Biology, Case Studies, Professional Development
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Tweedy, Maryanne E.; Hoese, William J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Many have called for reform of the science curriculum to incorporate the process of inquiry: this has been shown to improve student understanding of biological concepts. Laboratory activities provide excellent opportunities to incorporate inquiry in to the curriculum. This study used a modified version of the Laboratory Task Analysis Instrument…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Laboratory Manuals, Science Curriculum, College Instruction
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Burden, Jenifer; Hall, Angela – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
Over the past two decades, science has become established as a core school subject in schools in England and Wales, taken by all students aged 5 to 16. But increasingly questions have been raised about the suitability for many students of the curriculum they are required to follow (Murray and Reiss, 2005). From September 2006, schools in England…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Biology
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Stern, Luli – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
Evolution by natural selection provides the conceptual framework upon which much of modern biology is based: therefore understanding core ideas about biological evolution is an essential part of scientific literacy. Nonetheless, research repeatedly shows that high school and college students have difficulties understanding the notion of natural…
Descriptors: Evolution, Textbooks, Biology, Scientific Literacy
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Castanho, Miguel A. R. B. – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
The life scientist's professional activity is much more than just laboratory work. Information search and retrieval and later communication of conclusions are important and substantial matters. How to manage knowledge is essential for the future scientific or technological careers of college students. Nevertheless, knowledge management is…
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Biological Sciences, Libraries, Research Tools
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Zion, Michal; Shapira, Devora; Slezak, Michaella; Link, Efrat; Bashan, Nurit; Brumer, Miri; Orian, Talmona; Nussinovitch, R.; Agrest, Bruria; Mendelovici, Ruth – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
In recent years, the science teaching community and curriculum developers have emphasised the importance of teaching inquiry and teaching science as inquiry. One way of developing learners' skills for planning and carrying out scientific research is by allowing them to perform independent research, guided by a teacher. It was recently discovered…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Research, Biology, Teacher Guidance
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Hu, Reping; Chang, Wen-Hua; Lin, Chen-Yung – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
This study examines the curriculum components in biology favoured by high school students in Taiwan. Our sample consisted of 155 senior high school students (51 boys and 104 girls) and 137 junior high school students (74 boys and 63 girls). The questionnaire was based on the idea of a repertory grid technique and was developed to investigate the…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries, High School Students, Science Curriculum
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