The concept lens diagram: A new mechanism for presenting biochemistry content in terms of "big ideas"

Rowland, Susan L., Smith, Christopher A., Gillam, Elizabeth M. A. and Wright, Tony (2011) The concept lens diagram: A new mechanism for presenting biochemistry content in terms of "big ideas". Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 39 4: 267-279. doi:10.1002/bmb.20517

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Author Rowland, Susan L.
Smith, Christopher A.
Gillam, Elizabeth M. A.
Wright, Tony
Title The concept lens diagram: A new mechanism for presenting biochemistry content in terms of "big ideas"
Journal name Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-8175
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/bmb.20517
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 267
End page 279
Total pages 13
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract A strong, recent movement in tertiary education is the development of conceptual, or "big idea" teaching. The emphasis in course design is now on promoting key understandings, core competencies, and an understanding of connections between different fields. In biochemistry teaching, this radical shift from the content-based tradition is being driven by the "omics" information explosion; we can no longer teach all the information we have available. Biochemistry is a core, enabling discipline for much of modern scientific research, and biochemistry teaching is in urgent need of a method for delivery of conceptual frameworks. In this project, we aimed to define the key concepts in biochemistry. We find that the key concepts we defined map well onto the core science concepts recommended by the Vision and Change project. We developed a new method to present biochemistry through the lenses of these concepts. This new method challenged the way we thought about biochemistry as teachers. It also stimulated the majority of the students to think more deeply about biochemistry and to make links between biochemistry and material in other courses. This method is applicable to the full spectrum of content usually taught in biochemistry.
Keyword Big ideas in biochemistry
Key concepts
Curriculum design development and implementation
Conceptual teaching and learning
Original models for teaching and learning
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