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‘Novice Teachers’ Views of an Introductory Workshop about Teaching in the Biosciences

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Kevan MA Gartland, Joy Perkins, Morven Caroline Shearer, Anne M Tierney, Jackie J Wilson

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Seven regional networking events, aimed at supporting and developing ‘early stage’ novice university bioscience teachers were held across the UK. These workshops allowed 230 participants to reflect on teaching styles, learn about Higher Education Academy resources and discuss strategies to deal with a range of teaching situations. Post-event feedback was sought, and the results are presented in this paper. Feedback on the events was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the need for such events to support the development of new teachers in higher education. Institutional training varies and these opportunities for sharing experiences, asking questions, networking and reflection on teaching practice were highly regarded. Most participants felt more confident about their teaching and believed that students were more directly engaged in their teaching after attending the events. Recommendations for support of this category of teacher include provision of discipline-specific events, opportunity for local area networking and support for the development of reflective practice in teaching and learning.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalBioscience Education
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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