Threshold concepts are concepts central to the mastery of a specific discipline. The project team created a generic model for using these concepts to explore and reflect on student misconceptions and the teaching of troublesome knowledge for use by teachers in biology. Student understanding of the concepts was tested and interventions designed to help improve understanding. A biology teaching package was created along with a generic teaching model and guidelines to assist learning. Project publications and resources are available at the project website.
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Building a network of academics who use, contribute to and disseminate, an online, cost-effective histology learning and teaching resource
A national curriculum for entomology: capacity-building through collaborative, web-based delivery
A cross-disciplinary approach to language support for first year students in the science disciplines
Using threshold concepts to generate a new understanding of teaching and learning biology
Diagnostic assessment for biological sciences – development of a concept inventory
The project team developed a set of key concepts which underpin undergraduate students’ understanding of the molecular world, and converted these into a web-based assessment tool – the concept inventory – that tests these concepts. The inventory is intended to influence pedagogical practice and knowledge and can be used by educators from a range of disciplines. Additional resources for teachers and students are available from the website.
The appendices contain: a concept inventory designed to diagnose students’ understanding of fundamental concepts in chemistry and biology; an analysis of the key concepts underlying the inventory; a framework of ‘big conceptual ideas’ for educators developing curricula in biochemistry; and a teacher resource package.