Teaching practical science: biology NE707 / B18

Start date
6 May 19
Duration
3 Weeks
Location
Online course, FutureLearn, Online Course ONL View on Google Map

Summary

There are only so many ways a student can look at an onion cell, so how do we engage students with biology practicals? It is essential that students studying biology are given the opportunity to practice and embed understanding of practical skills in preparation for assessment of their learning. This free online course allows you to discuss the relationship between theoretical concepts and practical work, challenging you to think about what is happening in the classroom and what your students are learning through practical work in biology. Develop and share creative ways of teaching practical biology with approaches that are applicable to a range of curricula, for example GCSE required practicals and other practical syllabuses for 14-16 year old students.

Course content:

  • practical work for 14-16 year olds for the following key topics: enzymes, microscopy, microbiology
  • contextualising practical work in biology to the everyday environment
  • how progression in practical work impacts on students’ learning
  • assessment of learning through practical work
  • approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • improve your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in biology for 14-16 year olds
  • define effective learning outcomes for practical work in biology
  • reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students’ learning
  • design progression and assessment approaches within practical work
  • collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science

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State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFree
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree

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