An international group of biology education researchers offer their views on areas of scholarship that might positively impact our understanding of teaching and learning in biology and potentially inform practices in biology and life science instruction. This article contains a series of essays on topics that include a framework for biology education research, considerations in the preparation of biology teachers, increasing accessibility to biology for all learners, the role and challenges of language in biology teaching, sociocultural issues in biology instruction, and assisting students in coping with scientific innovations. These contributions are framed by a discussion of the value of defining several potential “grand challenges” in biology education.
Considering Grand Challenges in Biology Education: Rationales and Proposals for Future Investigations to Guide Instruction and Enhance Student Understanding in the Life Sciences
A version of this paper was published in the proceedings of the 11th conference of the European Researchers in Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB) held at Karlstad University in Sweden in 2016 which resulted from a panel discussion organized by W. F. McComas to support the conference theme Challenges in Biology Education Research.
ERIDOB holds a biannual European conference providing a forum for the global biology education research community including both teachers and researchers to come together and discuss their work, with contributions from all those interested in the issues of biology teaching and learning.
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William F. McComas, Michael J. Reiss, Edith Dempster, Yeung Chung Lee, Clas Olander, Pierre Clément, Dirk Jan Boerwinkel, Arend Jan Waarlo; Considering Grand Challenges in Biology Education: Rationales and Proposals for Future Investigations to Guide Instruction and Enhance Student Understanding in the Life Sciences. The American Biology Teacher 1 September 2018; 80 (7): 483–492. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2018.80.7.483
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