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Elwess, Nancy L.; Latourelle, Sandra M.; Myers, Luke – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
DNA Barcoding is a powerful molecular biology tool for the identification of species, analysis of gene flow from within and between populations and evaluating species concepts. The process can be incorporated into a college genetics or bioinformatics core curriculum. Here we demonstrate how, by simply using Plecoptera, we actively engaged students…
Descriptors: Genetics, Molecular Biology, College Science, College Students
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Tsybulsky, Dina; Dodick, Jeff; Camhi, Jeff – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
In this study we designed, implemented, and evaluated an outreach programme for high-school biology students rooted in the 'science as inquiry' approach. Accordingly, students learn about science from experts in the field, as well as through in-class exposure to the history and philosophy of science. Our sample consisted of 11th graders (n = 497),…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Biology, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Borsos, Eva; Patocskai, Maria; Boric, Edita – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Elementary school children spend less and less time outdoors in nature. In this way they will neither become familiar with plants and animals in their environment, nor will their environmental awareness develop. The solution for them would be to spend more quality time outdoors. In this work 170 teachers from Hungary and 170 teachers from Serbia…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education
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Shen, Jie – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The development and evaluation of a two-session laboratory class, based on Geneswitch technology and sex determination in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, is described. Geneswitch system allows conditional control of gene expression. A laboratory exercise has been devised for sophomores in order to illustrate how Geneswitch technology can be…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Genetics, Entomology
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Tal, Tali; Tsaushu, Masha – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Our interpretative study that was carried out in a science and engineering oriented university examined the ways students in an introductory biology course perceived their learning in the course that was substantially changed to allow student-centered learning. The instructional change was framed by the view of learning as a sociocultural activity…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Biology, Science Instruction, College Science
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Liu, Ning; Xu, Zheng – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Despite the importance of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in practical teaching and the inconsistency of teacher quality in different regions in China, there is little empirical evidence for specific differences in teachers' PCK in different districts in China. This study attempted to address this gap through analysis of practical teaching…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Video Technology
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Kissi, Lisa; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Plants have an enormous importance for life on earth but are often overlooked. This phenomenon called plant blindness is reinforced as students prefer to spend their recreation time with modern media rather than in nature. Mobile devices have become an omnipresent part of students' everyday lives. Nevertheless, direct experiences with plants are…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology
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Scott, Pamela H.; Veitch, Nicola J.; Gadegaard, Helen; Mughal, Muhammad; Norman, Gethin; Welsh, Michelle – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Laboratories are recognised as central in science education, allowing students to consolidate knowledge and master practical skills, however, their effectiveness has been questioned. Whilst laboratory practicals are useful for students' learning of basic procedures, they have been shown to be less effective for developing conceptual understanding…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Independent Study, Biology, Molecular Biology
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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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de la Fuente, Yohanis; Hokayem, Hayat – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
This study investigates how lower elementary students used the technical terms in the context of ecology. We interviewed 44 students using several scenarios related to the ecosystem. We determined the general frequency of technical terms used from a preselected list commonly employed by scientists in their discourse about ecosystems. Then, we…
Descriptors: Ecology, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Skills, Interviews
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Leyrer-Jackson, Jonna M.; Wilson, Ashley K. – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Recent studies have been conducted in regards to the use of social- media by students and how it can impact his/her academic performance. However, much of this research has been focused on how to use social-media websites in the classroom to facilitate student learning. Therefore, we aimed to address how the use of social-media can be either…
Descriptors: Social Media, Mass Media Use, Mass Media Effects, Academic Achievement
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Vlaardingerbroek, Barend – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
Teaching students about human reproduction is becoming increasingly daunting as assisted reproduction technologies challenge scientific, social and legal perceptions of parenthood. Mitochondrial replacement in particular forces us to re-examine established paradigms not only in the context of human reproduction but also with regard to the way in…
Descriptors: Biology, Birth, Biotechnology, Teaching Methods
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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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Klees, Guido; Piepenbring, Meike – Journal of Biological Education, 2018
The conveyance of knowledge of the life cycles performed by fungi and plants with spores is a challenge for teaching in university education. The life cycles of fungi, in particular, can be very complex and difficult to understand. This paper presents the development and implementation of a German and English educational software program,…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Biological Sciences, Courseware, Computer Simulation
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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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