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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana; Krajcovicová, Adriána – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Children's ideas concerning natural phenomena often differ from those of scientists, and these ideas are termed as alternative conceptions. The prevalence of alternative conceptions is highest among young children who possess less experience with the natural world as compared with adults. Children's ideas about micro-organisms are of special…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Experience, Diseases, Scientific Concepts
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Donkin, Maria E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Most beginners are introduced to plant diversity through identification keys, which develop differentiation skills but not species memorisation. We propose that mnemonics, memorable "name clues" linking a species name with morphological characters, are a complementary learning tool for promoting species memorisation. In the first of two…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mnemonics, Plants (Botany), Memorization
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Kubisch, Franziska; Heyne, Thomas – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
At the botanical garden of the University of Würzburg, we conducted practical lessons on bionics, focused on the lotus effect, with 260 students. Those approx. 14 years old, 8th-grade mid-level students were divided into two groups. During an instructional discussion about the topic, one group was confronted with their alternative conceptions…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Biophysics, Hands on Science
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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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Cofré, Hernán; Jiménez, Juan; Santibáñez, David; Vergara, Claudia – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Despite the importance of the theory of evolution to scientific knowledge, a number of misconceptions continue to be found among teachers and undergraduate students. The aim of the present study was to describe and characterise knowledge about evolution among 120 freshman undergraduate students of two natural sciences programmes (environmental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Alvarez Pérez, Eréndira; Ruiz Gutiérrez, Rosaura – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present quantitative results for the doctoral thesis of the first-named author of this article. The objective was to recommend and test a teaching proposal for core knowledge of evolutionary biology in secondary education. The focus of the study is "Problem cores in teaching". The "Weaving evolutionary thinking" teaching…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Biology, Secondary School Science
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Mnguni, Lindelani; Abrie, Mia; Ebersohn, Liesel – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Debates on the role of scientific knowledge to affect behaviour are continuing. The theory of planned behaviour suggests that behaviour is influenced by attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control and not by knowledge. However, a large body of knowledge argues that increased HIV/AIDS-related knowledge leads to the adoption of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Knowledge Level, Student Behavior
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Krell, Moritz; Krüger, Dirk – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
This study investigated biology teachers' (N = 148) understanding of models and modelling (MoMo), their model-related teaching activities and relations between the two. A framework which distinguishes five aspects of MoMo in science ("nature of models," "multiple models," "purpose of models," "testing…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Models, Science Instruction
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Cotner, Sehoya; Graczyk, Hannah; Rodríguez Garcia, José Luis; Moore, Randy – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
In June 2013, the third World Evolution Summit convened on San Cristóbal, hosting scientists from around the world (Paz-y-Miño-C and Espinosa 2013)--neither the first nor likely the last gathering of biologists on these remote islands. Clearly, both locals and an international audience perceive Galápagos as figuring prominently in discourse about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, Evolution, Science Teachers
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Blanco-López, Ángel; Franco-Mariscal, Antonio Joaquín; España-Ramos, Enrique – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present a case study to illustrate the design and implementation of a teaching sequence about oral and dental health and hygiene. This teaching sequence was aimed at year 10 students (age 15-16) and sought to develop their scientific competences. In line with the PISA assessment framework for science and the tenets of a context-based approach…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Dental Health, Hygiene, Instructional Design
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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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van Lieshout, Emile; Dawson, Vaille – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Modern biotechnology has a large and rapidly increasing impact on society. New advances in genetics, stem cells and other areas hold great potential for human health but also presenting socioscientific issues that commonly divide public opinion. While knowledge is necessary to develop informed opinions about biotechnology, they may also be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Biotechnology, High School Students
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Granbom, Martin – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
This study shows that formative methods and increased student participation has a positive influence on learning measured as grades. The study was conducted during the course Biology A in a Swedish Upper Secondary School. The students constructed grade criteria and defined working methods and type of examination within a given topic, Gene…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Grades (Scholastic)
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Kioupi, Vasiliki; Arianoutsou, Margarita – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
This study is focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of an environmental education programme for secondary education students. The programme was entitled "?he effects of fire on the soil system" and it was implemented during the school period of 2008. Twenty-four (24) students (aged from 15 to 20) coming from Lidoriki…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Questionnaires
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