Molecular & Cellular Biology

Revealing the secrets of nature & educating next generation of science innovators

Science Education

Science Education

Research in Science Education seeks to understand teaching and learning in the sciences with the goal of improving it. This can take the form of examining the scientific reasoning skills and content knowledge of students at any level (K-12, undergraduate, or graduate) as well as assessing teaching methods. In MCB, faculty are focusing on several areas. These include improving training of science teachers in secondary schools, rigorously analyzing undergraduate and graduate student learning in biology, and assessing the success (or failure) of science outreach programs and teaching reforms.

In order to be globally competitive, it is essential that future scientists and policy-makers, as well as the general population, have superior scientific training. It is therefore critical to determine, scientifically, how best to train students in science to achieve that goal.

Associated Faculty

Evaluating high impact educational experiences, in particular undergraduate research.
Modern biologists employ a set of practices and reasoning skills that allow them to construct models of natural phenomena and refine these models through experimentation and hypothesis testing. Expert models of the phenomena they research are typically dynamic, detailed and full of causal connections. Model... Read More
Lisa Elfring, PhD, teaches graduate-level courses in biology and education in that program. She has taught these courses traditionally taught during the summers and recently as distance-learning courses during the school year. During the school year, she teaches Biology Teaching Methods and also one... Read More