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Fernández Fernández, María del Mar; Jiménez Tejada, María Pilar – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
The cell is a key concept, and accurate knowledge of it is essential for understanding many phenomena and biological processes, as well as the overall functioning of living beings. However, learning about this concept is not simple. Regarding this concept, we examined the views concerning problems that could be encountered by Master's students…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Cytology, Masters Programs, Natural Sciences
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Tshuma, Tholani; Sanders, Martie – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
While school textbooks are assumed to be written for and used by students, it is widely acknowledged that they also serve a vital support function for teachers, particularly in times of curriculum change. A basic assumption is that biology textbooks are scientifically accurate. Furthermore, because of the negative impact of…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Evolution, Textbook Content, Biology
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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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De Baz, Theodora; El-Weher, Mahmoud – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to detect the extent to which contextual material of a unit on "The origin and evolution of living organisms" included in the high-school biology curriculum in Jordan affected students' acceptance of the theory of evolution. The participants of this study consisted of 107 tenth-grade students randomly drawn…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Foreign Countries, Secondary Education
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Domingos-Grilo, Paula; Reis-Grilo, Carlos; Ruiz, Constantino; Mellado, Vicente – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
We describe part of an action-research programme in Spain which was based on metacognitive reflection. The participants were four science teachers in a secondary school during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years. During the study, they each analysed their own pupils' alternative ideas on photosynthesis and their teaching methods as recorded in…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Botany, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Boersma, Kerst; Waarlo, Arend Jan; Klaassen, Kees – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Systems thinking in biology education is an up and coming research topic, as yet with contrasting feasibility claims. In biology education systems thinking can be understood as thinking backward and forward between concrete biological objects and processes and systems models representing systems theoretical characteristics. Some studies claim that…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Measures (Individuals), Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Dove, Jane – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
This article analyses how rainforests are portrayed in children's resources. Twenty books and 12 websites on rainforests, designed for pupils aged between 9 and 14 years, were examined to determine the types and range of animals depicted and how plant life in general is portrayed. The most commonly depicted animal was the orang-utan and other…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Animals, Botany, Web Sites
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Stephens, Karen; Winterbottom, Mark – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Learning logs or reflective journals are frequently used in further and higher education to encourage students' reflection on their learning. Such approaches are rare in school. This study employed a learning log over a five-week period, with a class of 14-15 year old students learning about digestion, respiration and breathing at a Suffolk upper…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Class Activities, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation
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Marques da Silva, Jorge; Bernardes da Silva, Anabela; Padua, Mario – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
"In vivo" chlorophyll "a" fluorescence is a key technique in photosynthesis research. The recent release of a low cost, commercial, modulated fluorometer enables this powerful technology to be used in education. Modulated chlorophyll a fluorescence measurement "in vivo" is here proposed as a tool to demonstrate basic…
Descriptors: Botany, Biology, Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Kruger, Dirk; Fleige, Jennifer; Riemeier, Tanja – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
The study presents the frequencies of students' conceptions of growth and cell division before and after one hour of instruction. The investigation supplements qualitative results by directing attention to those conceptions which might occur most frequently to students: teachers can then concentrate their preparation on practical requirements. A…
Descriptors: Investigations, Scientific Concepts, Grade 9, Questionnaires
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van Eijck, Michiel; Goedhart, Martin; Ellermeijer, Ton – Journal of Biological Education, 2005
A single heartbeat is a complicated process. In Dutch upper secondary biology textbooks this process is illustrated by the classical Wiggers diagram, which usually shows different heart-related quantities, like voltage (ECG), blood pressure, and the heart sounds. It may help students to understand the nature of the Wiggers diagram if they perform…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Laboratories, Computers, Biology
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Alparslan, Cem; Tekkaya, Ceren; Geban, Omer – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Investigates the effect of conceptual change instruction on grade 11 students' understanding of respiration. The Respiration Concept Test was developed and used to test students' misconceptions. Results indicate that the conceptual change instruction that explicitly addressed students' misconceptions produced significantly greater achievement in…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Educational Strategies, Misconceptions, Science Education
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Ozay, Esra; Oztas, Haydar – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Studies misconceptions held by grade 9 students (14-15-years old) in Turkey about photosynthesis and plant nutrition. Uses a questionnaire to test students' conceptions and reports conflicting and often incorrect ideas about photosynthesis, respiration, and energy flow in plants. Suggests that there are difficulties in changing students' prior…
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions
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Maitland, Pamela D.; Maitland, David P. – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Explains the basics of chromatography which is used to demonstrate the separation of plant photosynthetic pigments. Reports the results of an evaluative study that explored textbook errors in explaining how chromatography works. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemical Analysis, Chromatography, Higher Education
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Simonneaux, Laurence – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Presents a method for analyzing the didactic strategies put forward to develop students' argumentation skills in biotechnology. Considers five supporting examples and focuses successively on the social characteristics at play and the procedures. Attempts to produce analytical tools to support designers and users of teaching materials in making…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Debate, Educational Strategies, Higher Education
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