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From Pieces to Patterns: Building a Scientific Worldview

Summer Session: July 19 - August 6, 2021

Fall Working Groups: September 6 - November 19, 2021

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from pieces to patterns: biome institute 2021 BioQUEST and QUBES


Scientific reasoning connects seemingly disparate pieces of information about the world into meaningful patterns that help us understand the underlying rules of nature. Working with both these pieces and patterns allows us to make predictions, solve problems, and see science in a broader, interdisciplinary context. Scientists need to move between these levels of information, and one of the goals of science education is to help students utilize these levels of understanding to incorporate new information in a meaningful framework.  Education research indicates that this approach--of providing a big picture in which to place new information relative to prior knowledge and key concepts-- helps students develop an expert approach to the content. Vision and Change (2011) urged faculty to use overarching concepts to provide a framework for understanding the relevance of narrower details about processes, and in the BIOME Institute this year, we will be focusing on practices and resources that help build scientific worldviews.  

On another level, scientific advances arise from new perspectives and approaches, and the diversity of individual contributions leads to more ideas, and greater advances. As the student demographics in our country become more diverse, faculty are presented with a remarkable opportunity to enhance the future of science by including these previously underrepresented voices. The BIOME Institute will aim to support faculty in incorporating more inclusive teaching practices, with the goal of better preparing students to build a broad scientific worldview that reflects the interdisciplinarity of modern scientific practices. We also want to help faculty empower students to communicate scientific ideas effectively both within and beyond the classroom. Our keynote speakers will be addressing these subthemes.

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You should participate if you are interested in:

  • Considering how pedagogical practices and resources can help build scientific worldviews.
  • Supporting diverse learners in contributing to scientific advances. 
  • Exploring inclusive teaching practices, the Universal Design for Learning framework, and resources designed to engage students in social justice as a part of scientific practice.
  • Collaborating with colleagues to design course materials.
  • Joining a community of committed, enthusiastic educators.

Community goals

  • Use evidence based pedagogical approaches to develop teaching materials for your classroom to improve student outcomes. 
  • Increase awareness and implementation of inclusive, accessible pedagogical practices.  
  • Promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Address the need to move between online and in person learning environments.
  • Actively participate in a community of like minded peers