We designed teaching and learning activities, based on our Biology Thresholds Matrix, investigated the variation in student understanding of key threshold concepts. So far, we have collected data on conceptions of Scale in Biology, the Language of Biology, Hypothesis testing in Biology, and Energy Transformations.
The Thresholds in Biology project involved extensive discussion with colleagues teaching biology, and these are documented in personal Narratives from participants and Workshop Discussion papers. We plan to maintain the Network through ongoing meetings, workshops and communications via the Blog.
The Biology Thresholds Matrix explores the areas where students have difficulty in learning biology and identifies the threshold concepts which define the way biologists think and practise in the discipline. This framework provides an explanation of the way in which conceptual understanding in biology develops and models the way in which the different threshold concepts interlink.