Developing teachers' understanding of molecular biology: Building a foundation for students

Boulay, Rachel, Parisky, Alex and Campbell, Chris (2010). Developing teachers' understanding of molecular biology: Building a foundation for students. In: C. H. Steel, M. J. Keppell, P. Gerbic and S. Housego, Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future: Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010. 27th Annual ascilite Conference, Sydney, Australia, (119-128). 5-8 December 2010.

Author Boulay, Rachel
Parisky, Alex
Campbell, Chris
Title of paper Developing teachers' understanding of molecular biology: Building a foundation for students
Conference name 27th Annual ascilite Conference
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 5-8 December 2010
Proceedings title Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future: Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010
Journal name ASCILITE 2010 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Place of Publication St Lucia, Qld., Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781742720166
Editor C. H. Steel
M. J. Keppell
P. Gerbic
S. Housego
Start page 119
End page 128
Total pages 9
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Molecular biology often uses participation in active research laboratories as a form of educational training. However, this approach to learning severely restricts access. As a way of addressing this need, the University of Hawaii launched a project to expand this model to include newly developed online training materials in addition to a hands-on laboratory experience. This paper further explores the process of material development and assessment plans. A pilot case study of a group of advanced biology teachers who embark on learning molecular biology over a four-month period through online training materials and working side-by-side with medical researchers in a laboratory is described. Teachers were positive in reporting about the many areas they gained instruction in although some feedback suggested that the initial online materials over-emphasised abstract concepts and laboratory techniques and did not adequately connect to the active research problems or local context of most interest to teachers and students. The experiences of the teachers are shared in an effort to gain insight on how teachers perceive their participation in the study.
Keyword Molecular biology
Blended learning
Learning objects
Higher education
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme: Curriculum, technology and transformation for an unknown future

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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