The bioCEED Survey 2015


bioCEED Survey 2015.pdfThe bioCEED Survey 2015 is a baseline study of major tertiary-level biology education in Norway. The survey addresses themes such as learning in practice, transferable skills, motivation, laboratory and field learning, didactical approaches specifically relevant to biology education, knowledge needs and experiences of biologists in the workforce. The bioCEED Survey 2015 reports the results from four separate sub-surveys of tertiary-level biology education, mapping the experiences, attitudes and opinions of university students, teaching staff, and student administration and technical staff, as well as biologists in the workforce. The four questionnaires were distributed during the spring of 2015 to the following groups: a) 1771 students (752 respondents); b) 482 teachers (231 respondents); c) 49 administrative and technical staff (31 respondents); and d) 337 biologists (229 respondents). Teachers and students were recruited from nine different universities and university colleges in Norway. Administrative and technical staff were recruited from the University Centre at Svalbard (UNIS) and the Department of Biology at the University of Bergen (BIO). Workplace respondents were recruited from 52 different workplaces in the private and public sectors. The survey includes a combination of items developed by the bioCEED team and items adapted from published surveys. The results are relevant for teachers in tertiary-level biology education, curriculum development, biology students and others interested in biology and higher education training and pedagogy. The results of the survey indicate that students, teachers and administrative and technical staff all perceive leadership appreciation and support of their educational efforts to be low; this is especially significant in regard to the institution leadership level, while peers are perceived to provide support and appreciation across all groups. Students, teachers and the biology employees at workplaces have an overall positive perception about the implementation of workplace practice in biology education, both as a means to develop biology expertise and for students’ career opportunities. Students and teachers feel efficacious in regard to their own competence to learn and teach biology. Students’ reasons for studying biology are primarily fueled by interest in the subject matter itself. The results show that teachers perceive students to lack general academic skills, especially in mathematics and writing. The work was conducted within bioCEED (Centre of Excellence in Biology Education) and is partially funded by the research project PRIME – How implementation of PRactice can IMprove relevance and quality in discipline and professional Educations, funded by the Research Council of Norway.





Vigdis Vandvik : Professor, Centre Leader

Vigdis Vandvik

Professor, Centre Leader

I am the Centre Director of bioCEED, and am responsible for overseeing the activities and development of the center in relation to our plans, deliverables, and long-term goals.

+47 55 58 33 32
Torstein Nielsen Hole : Researcher

Torstein Nielsen Hole


I am part of the PRIME project and bioCEED. I am responsible for assessing and researching approaches to student learning in practice activities such as the workplace and field-work.

My projects
Kristin Holtermann : Higher Executive Officer

Kristin Holtermann

Higher Executive Officer


+47 55 58 44 81
Lucas M. Jeno : Associate Professor

Lucas M. Jeno

Associate Professor

I am investigating teaching and learning related issues at bioCEED. My main interest is on student learning and motivation, and how teachers motivate their students.

My projects
Arild Raaheim : Professor, Former Work Package Leader

Arild Raaheim

Professor, Former Work Package Leader
Anne-Laure Simonelli : Former Postdoctoral Researcher in pedagogical sciences

Anne-Laure Simonelli

Former Postdoctoral Researcher in pedagogical sciences

As a Postdoctoral Researcher at bioCEED, I am involved in several projects including PRIME, iSCOPE, bioSKILLS and Teach 2 Learn where I aim to identify, develop and evaluate innovative pedagogical activities in higher education. I focus my research on the perception of transferable skills acquired through different student-active learning activities, including internships and practical experience. Study groups include both students and educators/supervisors, both at university and in the workplace. One part of this research includes the evaluation student awareness of the role they can play in the society when entering the workforce as a biologist. Further, I implement and evaluate the use of digital technologies as learning and teaching tools in different BSc- and MSc-level courses.

+47 55 58 33 17 / +47 98 67 48 45
Gaute Velle : Professor II, Project Leader PRIME, Course Leader BIO298

Gaute Velle

Professor II, Project Leader PRIME, Course Leader BIO298

I am adjunct professor at the University of Bergen and research professor in the company Uni Research. I have a wide background of teaching at the university, while my job in Uni Research focuses on mitigation of human impact on aquatic ecosystems. This connection between the university sector and a professional practice as biologist is highly relevant for PRIME and for the internship course BIO298.

+47 55 58 29 09



Hole, T.N., Jeno, L.M., Holtermann, K., Raaheim, A., Velle, G., Simonelli, AL., & Vandvik, V. (2016). bioCEED Survey 2015. Retrieved from University of Bergen, BORA – Bergen Open Research Archive:



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