Considering grand challenges in biology education: Rationales and proposals for future investigations to guide instruction and enhance student understanding in the life sciences

William F. MCCOMAS, Michael J. REISS, Edith DEMPSTER, Yeung Chung LEE, Clas OLANDER, Pierre CLÉMENT, Dirk Jan BOERWINKEL, Arend Jan WAARLO

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2018 National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-492
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Volume80
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Citation

McComas, W. F., Reiss, M. J., Dempster, E., Lee, Y. C., Olander, C., Clément, P., . . . Waarlo, A. J. (2018). 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, 80(7), 483-492. doi: 10.1525/abt.2018.80.7.483

Keywords

  • Biology education research
  • Teacher education
  • Learning biology
  • Language
  • Sociocultural contexts and instruction

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