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Write-up: Exploring Threshold Concepts: Using Threshold Concepts to Generate a New Understanding of Learning & Teaching Biology, 28th October

Posted by on November 15th, 2009 · Events, Exploring Threshold Concepts

The first of the ‘Exploring Threshold Concepts’ seminars was held on the 28th October.  Noel Whitaker (Faculty of Science) and Chris Hughes (Faculty of Medicine) presented the ALTC funded project they are involved in: ‘Using Threshold Concepts to Generate a New Understanding of Teaching and Learning Biology’, which is a collaboration between UNSW, USyd and UWS.   For further information see the project website at

Noel and Chris explained how the project started by surveying academics to identify the Threshold Concepts in Biology.  Through this work with academic colleagues they identified 3 key TCs: Scale; Hypothesis testing; Biological language.  The research project then explored learning and teaching interventions related to ‘Scale’. You cand download the full presentation, including results and conclusions, here: LLMUniservePresentation_28th Oct.

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