Using Threshold Concepts to Generate a New Understanding of Teaching & Learning Biology

The main aim of this project was to improve student understanding of biology through the use of novel research into the definition of a threshold concept in biology, enabling the development of teaching that is appropriate for diverse learning strategies. At the same time, the process of strategic change in approaches to teaching biology in Australian universities was modelled through extensive discussion and consultation with biology teachers. The collaboration, between a core group of biologists at three universities in Sydney, has been enhanced and supported by workshops and regular communications with a national biology teaching network.

The project team identified a web of threshold concepts, developed interventions addressing threshold concepts across the undergraduate experience, at three universities, and generated a dynamic community of biologists interested in curriculum development using this powerful heuristic.


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