Models and Modeling in Science Education

Multiple Representations in Biological Education

Editors: Treagust, David Franklin, Tsui, Chi-Yan (Eds.)

  • First volume to explore functions of multiple representations in biological education
  • Fills a gap in the research literature on multiple representations in biological education
  • Presents a theoretical model that can drive the agenda on biology educators forward 
  • Synthesizes international research on using multiple representations in biological education
  • Discusses how better biological education can help solve major global biology-based problems
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About this book

This new publication in the Models and Modeling in Science Education series synthesizes a wealth of international research on using multiple representations in biology education and aims for a coherent framework in using them to improve higher-order learning. Addressing a major gap in the literature, the volume proposes a theoretical model for advancing biology educators’ notions of how multiple external representations (MERs) such as analogies, metaphors and visualizations can best be harnessed for improving teaching and learning in biology at all pedagogical levels.

 

The content tackles the conceptual and linguistic difficulties of learning biology at each level—macro, micro, sub-micro, and symbolic, illustrating how MERs can be used in teaching across these levels and in various combinations, as well as in differing contexts and topic areas. The strategies outlined will help students’ reasoning and problem-solving skills, enhance their ability to construct mental models and internal representations, and, ultimately, will assist in increasing public understanding of biology-related issues, a key goal in today’s world of pressing concerns over societal problems about food, environment, energy, and health. The book concludes by highlighting important aspects of research in biological education in the post-genomic, information age.

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From the book reviews:

“The book … exemplifies how students could be actively engaged in their learning through interpretations and manipulations of models and other modes of external representations (ERs) … . I find this book a much-needed collection of resources and supportive research. Treagust and Tsui gathered under the same roof remarkable and thoughtful examples for using ERs in the classroom. … The book provides a comprehensive theoretical background, in addition to multiple practical examples that teachers could adopt in their classrooms.” (Gili Marbach-Ad, Science & Education, January, 2015)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction to Multiple Representations: Their Importance in Biology and Biological Education

    Tsui, Chi-Yan (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Identifying and Developing Students’ Ability to Reason with Concepts and Representations in Biology

    Anderson, Trevor R. (et al.)

    Pages 19-38

  • Pictures in Biology Education

    Roth, Wolff-Michael (et al.)

    Pages 39-53

  • Possible Constraints of Visualization in Biology: Challenges in Learning with Multiple Representations

    Eilam, Billie

    Pages 55-73

  • Promoting the Collaborative Use of Cognitive and Metacognitive Skills Through Conceptual Representations in Hypermedia

    Liu, Lei (et al.)

    Pages 75-92

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4192-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4191-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multiple Representations in Biological Education
Editors
  • David Franklin Treagust
  • Chi-Yan Tsui
Series Title
Models and Modeling in Science Education
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4192-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4192-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4191-1
Series ISSN
1871-2983
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 390
Number of Illustrations and Tables
90 b/w illustrations
Topics