Teaching methodologies and techniques for biosciences

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a solid base of teaching methodologies and technologies in the field of Life Sciences.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will be able to apply the most appropriate teaching methods and technologies to teach biological sciences in the secondary schools. Moreover, the students will acquire skills to recognize in the daily environment, in literature and in the media, some topics pertinent to Biology in order to learn how to use them in teaching and to grasp their teaching potential
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods
The course is held in the second semester. If the emergency phase continued, in compliance with the regulations, the lessons would take place remotely (on the Teams platform). Lesson recordings will be available on the Ariel website of the course. All the information regarding the organization of the course, the lessons, as well as any other updates are 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, the exam consists in an oral interview. The information regarding the exam (in the presence, in compliance with the regulations, remotely, through the Zoom platform) 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 following topics will be addressed during the course:
- 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.
Prerequisites for admission
Mandatory preparatory courses are not required, but good knowledge of general biology, anatomy, animal physiology, zoology, botany and ecology is strongly recommended
Teaching methods
The course will employ a variety of methods to accomplish the objectives, including some of the following:
- Lectures
- Seminars
- Labs
- 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:
- University texts relating to the various disciplinary areas of the Biosciences, indicated by the teachers
- Anna Carletti, Andrea Varani (a cura di) - Didattica costruttivista. Dalle teorie alla pratica in classe. Erikson
- Scholar books (secondary school, second level):
Il nuovo invito alla biologia (Curtis, Barnes, Schnek, Massarini) Zanichelli
La nuova biologia (Sadava, Hillis, Heller, Berenbaum) Zanichelli
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam aims to:
- assessing the student's knowledge of the basic notions of 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 a written reports 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 in an oral discussion on a report 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 report 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 Biosciences will 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 report must be submitted as indicated in the Ariel website of the course.
The evaluation will consider also the use of proper language and clearness of the exposition.
The evaluation will consider also the use of proper language and clearness of the exposition.
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