Teaching methodologies and techniques for biogeosciences

A.Y. 2020/2021
12
Max ECTS
96
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/07 GEO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides the methods and techniques useful for Earth Sciences and Biosciences education within the secondary school
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire competences for what concerne methods and techniques useful for Earth Sciences and Biosciences education within the secondary school (first and second level)
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
year
Teaching methods
The course includes a module in the first semester (6 credits, Earth Sciences) and a module in the second semester (6 credits, Biosciences). In the emergency phase, the first 6 credits will be delivered remotely, through synchronous lessons (ZOOM and TEAMS platforms), asynchronous lessons (audio lessons in .ppt, pdf of the lessons, materials made available on the Ariel website of the course) and working groups.
If possible, and taking into account the availability of equipped classrooms and the students' opinions, some lessons could be held in the presence.
If the emergency phase continued, in compliance with the regulations, the lessons in the second semester will also take place remotely in both synchronous (on the ZOOM and TEAMS platforms) and asynchronous (audio lessons in .ppt). All lecture recordings will be available on the Ariel website of the course.

The synchronous lessons will allow students to maintain a direct contact with the teachers and give the opportunity to have clarifications on the topics covered. A forum will also be organized on the Ariel website of the course to facilitate interaction among students and teachers, which of course can be contacted via email, too. All the information regarding the organization of the course, the synchronous and asynchronous lessons, the hours dedicated to question time, as well as any other updates will be provided on the Ariel website of the course.

Program and reference materials
The program and the reference material will not change with respect to what is indicated in the syllabus.

Exam and evaluation criteria
As indicated in the syllabus of the course, the exam consists in two partial tests that focus on an oral discussion of two reports, respectively on a topic of Earth Sciences for the first module and on a topic of Biosciences for the second module, proposed by the candidate. The information regarding the exam (in the presence, in compliance with the regulations or remotely, through ZOOM or TEAMS platforms) is made available on the Ariel website of the course. The evaluation criteria will not change and are those reported in the syllabus.
Course syllabus
The contents of the course "Methodologies and teaching technologies of Biogesciences" (12 CFU) are organized in two blocks, the first dedicated to Geosciences and the second to Biosciences.
The arguments discussed in the two blocks, coordinated with each other, follow topics and educational activities specific for the secondary school teaching competition classes, to which the master's degree in BioGeosciences gives access.

Part A:
- Epistemological and methodological foundations of teaching Earth Sciences.
- Methodological approaches for teaching Earth Sciences.
- Laboratory teaching and field experience as a methodology for learning Geosciences.
- Methodologies and teaching technologies for studying the relationship between Earth Sciences and society: environmental education, sustainable use of geological resources, prevention of natural hazards, conservation of cultural heritage.
- Teaching and learning processes mediated by the use of new technologies
- Textbooks for Earth Sciences: approaches and structure
- Analysis of the effectiveness of multimedia educational tools for studying Earth Sciences
- Overview of the school legislations and rules, and ministerial guidelines related to the teaching of geosciences in the first and second level secondary schools.

The topics follow the Italian ministerial indications and concern the arguments that can be proposed in the secondary school of second level (five years), especially in the lyceum, and in the secondary school of first level (three years). They are approached with different methodologies, technologies and through educational projects. For each topic, fundamentals of Geosciences are evidenced.

Part :B
- Epistemological and methodological foundations of teaching Biosciences.
- Methodological approaches for teaching Biosciences.
- Laboratory teaching and field experience as a methodology for learning Biological Sciences.
- Methodologies and teaching technologies for studying the relationship between Biology and society: environmental education, conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources, biotechnologies, human health.
- Teaching and learning processes mediated by the use of new technologies
- Textbooks: approaches and structure
- Analysis of the effectiveness of multimedia educational tools for studying Biosciences.
- Overview of the school legislations and rules, and ministerial guidelines related to the teaching of biosciences in the first and second level secondary schools.

The topics follow the Italian ministerial indications and they also concern with detailed studies in Biosciences, that can be proposed in the secondary school. Methodologies and educational technologies are declined also in the frame of Biosciences and will complete the framework of the arguments proposed in the section A
Prerequisites for admission
Mandatory prerequisites are not requested, however students must have good knowledge of basic notions of Earth Sciences and Biosciences, which are acquired during the Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences and are required to students admitted to the Master's Degree in BioGeoscience. This knowledge is recalled during the course if necessary to address key concepts of the various disciplines useful in the context of teaching in the secondary school.
Teaching methods
The course will employ a variety of methods to accomplish the objectives, including some of the following:
- Lectures
- Labs
- Field work
- Multimedia
- Small Group Discussions
- Individual and/or in team projects
- Educational supports analysis
Teaching Resources
Slide, scientific papers, audio-video material available on the Ariel website of the course, personal notes.
Textboks for further information:

Part A:
University textbooks relating to the various disciplinary areas of the Earth Sciences, indicated by the teachers

Scholar textbooks (secondary school, second level):
Palmieri, Parotto, Il globo terrestre e la sua evoluzione, Zanichelli, ed. blu (più volumi)
Palmieri, Parotto, Il globo terrestre e la sua evoluzione, volume unico, Zanichelli
Muttoni, Capoccia, Carelli, Di Paola -Terra pianeta abitabile, Tramontana (2 volumi)

Part B:

University texts relating to the various disciplinary areas of the Biosciences, indicated by the teachers

Scholar books (secondary school, second level):
Il nuovo invito alla biologia (Curtis, Barnes, Schnek, Massarini) Zanichelli
La nuova biologia (Sadava, Hillis, Heller, Berenbaum) Zanichelli

A-B:
Anna Carletti, Andrea Varani (a cura di) - Didattica costruttivista. Dalle teorie alla pratica in classe. Erikson
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam aims to:
- assessing the student's knowledge of the basic notions of Earth Sciences and Biosciences, which are fundamental for teaching Sciences in the secondary schools;
- assessing the student's skills at preparing and presenting teaching activities as lectures, group, labs or field activities, balanced for the proposed school grade (proposed through two written reports, one for the Earth Sciences module and one for the Biosciences module, accompanied by a power point presentation) ;
- assessing the student's knowledge of the topic proposed;
- assessing the student's ability to use the teaching methodologies and technologies proposed during the course;
- assessing the student's ability in gathering existing materials useful for the organization of the teaching units;
- ascertain the student's ability to relate the arguments proposed with the society.

The exam consists of two partial tests and a registration phase of the final grade. The two partial tests focus on the discussion of two reports, the first on a topic regarding Earth Sciences and the second on a topic regarding Biosciences proposed by the candidate. The report, organized as described in a template available on the Ariel website of the course, must focus on a lesson, a practice lesson, or an external teaching activity that must be carried out in a single didactic unit (two hours if the student presents a lesson, more hours per day if the student presents a practice lesson or an external teaching activity).
For the realization of the two reports the student can use all the necessary material (texts, books, material found on websites), but he/she must revise this material in a critical way.
During the exam, the basic notions of Earth Sciences and Biosciences may be verified, especially in reference to the topic chosen by the student. The report, as indicated in the model, must take into account all the issues addressed during the course (didactic approaches, methodologies, technologies). The two reports must be submitted (as indicated in the Ariel website of the course) one week in advance to the respective partial test, so that they can be examined and evaluated by the teachers who will not participate in the examination committee (the course includes several teachers for each module).
The evaluation will consider also the use of proper language and clearness of the exposition.

Final grading, expressed over 30, will average the evaluation of the two reports. Both reports must grade >18/30. In case of disconformity between the two evaluations, a discussion with the candidate will be held.
Teaching methodologies and techniques for biosciences
BIO/07 - ECOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Teaching methodologies and techniques for geosciences
GEO/04 - PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Monday-Friday on appointment
2 floor building C Department of Biosciences
Reception:
Friday from 2.30 PM by appointment
Department of Biosciences, via Celoria 26, ground floor, B tower
Reception:
please write me a email
Reception:
Monday-Friday with appointment
Via Botticelli 23 - office first floor
Reception:
Please contact me by email to fix an appointment
via Celoria 26, Tower C, floor n.3
Reception:
On appointment
Mangiagalli 34, 2nd floor, room 77
Reception:
8:30-12:30 14:30-17:30
Dipartimento Scienze della Terra "A. Desio" - Sezione Geologia-III piano