Biological education

Subject description

The students will become familiar with the history of biology education and research in this area. They will learn about current research trends in the area, which extends both to formal and informal learning environments. By reviewing and analysing scientific literature, they become aware of the significance of developing natural science competencies and contemporary teaching methods and types. On the basis of practical examples, they learn about the significance and role of experience-based learning and learning through inquiry. They also learn about the importance of development of critical thinking by including socio-scientific issues in biology education. By preparing, delivering, analysing and evaluating two instructional units, one for a formal learning environment and the other as part of a presentation to the wider public (informal learning environment) the students learn about the significance of promoting science for development of scientific literacy.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The subject is primarily intended for doctoral students researching natural science education. It includes content that enables students a wider understanding of the role and significance of biology education and applying findings in actual teaching.

Teaching and learning methods

Theoretical knowledge in the form of lectures; project work: (1) seminars as preparation, analysis and evaluation of project work, (2) tutorials in the form of two presentations, one in a formal and the other in an informal learning setting. Consulation during the preparation of project work. Independent work of students using the online classroom.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

The students acquire the knowledge to carry out pedagogical work and research in formal (primary and secondary schools, grammar schools and faculties) and informal learning environments (zoos, botanical gardens, landscape parks, museums, centres for school-related and extracurricular activities), and acquire the knowledge to promote science to the wider public. 

Basic sources and literature

  • Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. The Biology Teacher's Handbook: NSTA Press., (2009), 338 strani, ISBN: 087355244X
  • National Research Council. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.
  • SCIENCE, evolution, and creationism [Elektronski vir] / National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine. – El. knjiga. – Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, cop. 2008. – xv, 70 str. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
  • Revijalni članki s področja (revije Journal of Biological education, The American Biology Teacher, International Journal of Science Education in druge),

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