NEW FOR 2021

Jacaranda VCE Biology

ALIGNED TO THE VCAA STUDY DESIGN

The new editions of Jacaranda Nature of Biology offers an engaging, comprehensive and modern approach to the study of Biology. Updated to align with the new Study Design (2021-2025) and designed to inspire curiosity and scientific investigation, while preparing your students for success in VCE.



  • Series features

    The latest editions of Jacaranda’s Nature of Biology series include these features:

    • Aligned to the VCE Biology Study Design (2021-2025), with content tailored to all the key knowledge and key skills
    • Available for the first time on learnON, our most powerful digital learning platform. In learnON, you get greater visibility into student progress and performance, allowing you to easily tailor lesson plans and create custom tests
    • Updated with our popular key concepts approach, with new features like concept summary mind maps and key concept and ideas dot points
    • New practical investigation support, including:
      • Sample investigations with teacher and student facing versions
      • Teacher-led videos of real experiments
      • Immediate, corrective feedback for students and an in-built testmaker for teachers to create assignments from a large pool of questions for immediate, spaced and mixed practice.
      • Full risk assessments and laboratory advice
    • New assessment support, including:
      • Annually updated SACs with marking rubrics, customisation tips, risk assessments and sample responses
      • studyON, which is now free and fully integrated within learnON. With studyON, you can access every past VCAA exam question since 2006 and a new printable workbook
      • Exams and topic tests with answers
      • Sample problems with teacher-led videos explaining the concept
      • Fully worked solutions for every question

  • Formats

    Jacaranda provides a range of format options to allow teachers to teach their class their way.

    Print


    Printed textbook with free digital code inside

    Digital


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    iPad app


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    PDF


    Downloadable PDFs available in the learnON platform

  • Authors

    Judith Kinnear and Marjory Martin

    As the original authors of Jacaranda’s Nature of Biology, Judith Kinnear and Marjory Martin’s lifelong interest in, and passion, for the biological sciences and education are the driving forces in their continuing academic studies and professional achievements. Having taught at both school and university levels, with experience in both curriculum development and academic research, their continuing aim is to produce resources that engage students in the many facets of biology and encourage them to understand the living world as a dynamic, evolving science.

    For the brand new sixth edition, Judith and Marjory will be joined by a passionate team of experienced VCE Biology educators:

    Sarah Beamish

    Sarah has a Bachelor of Science (Plant Physiology and Honours in Meteorology), and a Diploma of Education. Formerly a research scientist, Sarah’s rich passion for teaching, education, and communicating complex scientific concepts, led her to become a teacher. Having taught for over 13 years, Sarah is currently the Assistant Head of Science at St Kevin’s College in Toorak where she is a teacher of VCE Biology, Science and Geography. Sarah has also been a VCAA assessor for VCE Biology.

    Lucy Cassar

    After completing a Doctorate in Medicine (Immunology) from Monash University, Lucy spent time as a research scientist investigating areas from cancer research to gene therapy. Currently a senior Biology teacher at an independent school in Melbourne’s west, Lucy is committed to inspiring the next generation of students to appreciate Biology and the scientific world around them, instilling a passion for learning as well as hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists.

    Nick Hamer

    Originally from England, Nick’s passion for Science, specifically the practical work of data collecting and being able to use evidence to test the theories, led him to study a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Genetics) from the University of Liverpool. After working as a research scientist for the UK Government, Nick completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and taught GCSE Science and A-level Biology. Since emigrating to Australia in 2013, he has taught VCE Biology at regional and metropolitan schools in Victoria.

    Elise Meehan

    Elise has a Science degree focused in Conservation and has recently completed a Masters in Clinical Teaching. Elise has over 15-years’ experience working in secondary education, having taught in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. Currently the Head of Science at Saint Ignatius College Geelong, Elise has a passion for developing curriculum which incorporates evidence-based learning that caters for all students.

    Sacha O’Connor-Price

    Sacha discovered her passion for science during high school, leading her to embark on a career in teaching and inspiring VCE Biology students. She has been a senior Biology teacher since 2009, teaching in both rural and city schools, and across sectors. Currently the Head of House at a grammar school in Melbourne, Elise teaches VCE Biology, and has been VCAA assessor since 2014.

    Ritu Tyagi

    Ritu graduated from Delhi University (India) with a Bachelor of Microbiology (Honours) and completed her Diploma of Education from University of Melbourne. Ritu has been teaching Maths, Science and VCE Biology at Roxburgh College for the past 11 years. Currently at Roxburgh College, she is dedicated to continuously improving student literacy outcomes.

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Jacaranda's Nature of Biology series

The Jacaranda Nature of Biology series is available in a print with digital or digital-only format to allow teachers to teach their class, their way.

  • Units 1 & 2

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    Title: Jacaranda Nature of Biology 1 6E learnON &
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    ISBN: 9780730388050
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    Title: Jacaranda Nature of Biology 1 6E learnON
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    Nature of Biology 1 VCE Units 1 and 2 6e
    Unit 1: Area of Study 1: How do cells function? Unit 2: Area of Study 1: How is inheritance explained?
    Chapter 1: Cellular structure and function Chapter 6: From chromosomes to genomes
    Chapter 2: Cell cycle and cell growth, death and differentiation Chapter 7: Genotypes and phenotypes
    Unit 1: Area of Study 1 Review Chapter 8: Patterns of inheritance
    Unit 1: Area of Study 2: How do plant and animal systems function? Unit 2: Area of Study 1 Review
    Chapter 3: Functioning systems  Unit 2: Area of Study 2: How do inherited adaptations impact on diversity?
    Chapter 4: Regulation of systems Chapter 9: Reproductive strategies
    Unit 1: Area of Study 2 Review Chapter 10: Adaptations and diversity
    Unit 1: Area of Study 3: How do scientific investigations develop understanding of how organisms function Unit 2: Area of Study 2 Review
    Chapter 5: Scientific investigation Unit 2: Area of Study 3: How do humans use science to explore and communicate contemporary bioethical issues?
    Chapter 11: Contemporary bioethical issues

  • Units 3 & 4

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    Title: Jacaranda Nature of Biology 2 6E learnON &
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    ISBN: 9780730371267
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    Title: Jacaranda Nature of Biology 2 6E learnON
    ISBN: 9780730371274
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    Nature of Biology 2 VCE Units 3 and 4 6e
    Unit 3: Area of Study 1: What is the role of nucleic acids and proteins in maintaining life? Unit 4: Area of Study 1: How do organisms respond to pathogens
    Chapter 1: The relationship between nucleic acids and proteins Chapter 5: Responding to antigens and acquiring immunity
    Chapter 2: DNA manipulation techniques and applications Chapter 6: Disease challenges and strategies
    Unit 3: Area of Study 1 Review Unit 4: Area of Study 1 Review
    Unit 3: Area of Study 2: How are biochemical pathways regulated? Unit 4: Area of Study 2: How are species related over time?
    Chapter 3: Regulation of biochemical pathways Chapter 7: Genetic changes in a population over time
    Chapter 4: Photosynthesis, cellular respiration and biotechnological applications Chapter 8: Changes in species over time
    Unit 3: Area of Study 2 Review Chapter 9: Determining the relatedness of species
    Chapter 10: Human change over time
    Unit 4: Area of Study 2 Review
    Unit 4: Area of Study 3: How is science inquiry used to investigate cellular process and/or biological change
    Chapter 11: Scientific investigation

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