Revisiting learning difficulties in biology

Bahar, M., Johnstone, A. H. and Hansell, M. H. (1999) Revisiting learning difficulties in biology. Journal of Biological Education, 33(2), pp. 84-86. (doi:10.1080/00219266.1999.9655648)

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Abstract

When students from Scottish schools were surveyed 15 years ago about their difficulties in learning biology, two main topic areas stood out as high in perceived difficulty: water transport in plants and genetics. In the interim, curricular changes have been made in which cognisance was taken of these findings. The present study was a revisit to ascertain the changes in student perception. The water transport problems are found to have largely disappeared, but the genetics difficulties have remained. This paper tries to locate the root causes of this by interviewing students and teachers, and by consulting examiners' reports. Pointers emerge which are capable of leading to possible solutions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hansell, Professor Mike
Authors: Bahar, M., Johnstone, A. H., and Hansell, M. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Biological Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0021-9266
ISSN (Online):2157-6009

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