Becoming a biologist by being a biologist.
At bioCEED we believe that practical training is crucial to effective biology education. This means that we develop and test student-active learning activities that make use of practical elements, including field and laboratory work and internships. In our model, biological knowledge emerges in the interplay between practice, content knowledge, and societal relevance [see the bioCEED triangle]. Practical skills training are therefore important in their own right, but also contributes to students’ understanding of biological theory, and to their work preparedness.
To strengthen the practical component of biology education we develop and test:
- internship courses that afford a wide variety of workplace experiences (BIO298),
- courses for student research experiences (BIO299 and AB-207), and field teaching (BIO297),
- a career day where students and workplaces meet to discuss and share experiences over practice, career opportunities, workplace needs, etc.
The research project PRIME is embedded in bioCEED, it aims to develop and assesses learning outcomes and other impacts of practical training. We also collaborate with the research project Together for better learning, which works on cross-disciplinary understanding of practical learning. A novel aspect is that students communicate and report via blogs. See the blogs here.