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dc.contributor.authorBain, Stevie
dc.contributor.authorMeagher, Thomas R.
dc.contributor.authorBarker, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-12T12:16:10Z
dc.date.available2021-01-12T12:16:10Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-26
dc.identifier271307598
dc.identifier8957b2be-6e1d-49c2-9f1d-4568dc1b2a4f
dc.identifier000603800800001
dc.identifier85098538349
dc.identifier.citationBain , S , Meagher , T R & Barker , D 2020 , ' Design, delivery and evaluation of a bioinformatics education workshop for 13-16-year-olds ' , Journal of Biological Education , vol. Latest Articles . https://doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2020.1858932en
dc.identifier.issn0021-9266
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10023/21264
dc.descriptionFunding: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) under Grants ST/R000328 and ST/T000872, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) under Grant NE/P000592/1, the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh and the Access for Rural Communities project (ARC) at the University of St Andrews.en
dc.description.abstractBioinformatics is the use of computers in biology, particularly to analyse DNA and protein sequences and associated data. Bioinformatics has become crucial to most areas of life sciences research. However, bioinformatics education has not kept up with the pace of these advances. To help address this problem, we have designed an open-access bioinformatics workshop for secondary school biology pupils. The workshop is linked to the curriculum in Scotland, addressing learning objectives for Scottish Qualifications Authority Higher Biology and Human Biology. Furthermore, it aims to inspire pupils more generally and includes critical evaluation of evidence as a more generic skill. We delivered this workshop to biology pupils of seven schools in Scotland and conducted evaluations of pupil and teacher feedback. Quantitative pupil and teacher feedback suggest the workshop is useful and enjoyable, with no significant difference between pupils identifying as female and pupils identifying as male. Qualitative responses suggest the workshop gives an increased knowledge of the field of bioinformatics and its importance in everyday life, and that pupils enjoy working in groups. Teachers also highlight the importance of hands-on experience in the classroom. We conclude the workshop is successful in its aims and is suitable for wider deployment.
dc.format.extent11
dc.format.extent1140495
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Biological Educationen
dc.subjectBioinformaticsen
dc.subjectBiologyen
dc.subjectComputingen
dc.subjectDNAen
dc.subjectLB1603 Secondary Education. High schoolsen
dc.subjectQA75 Electronic computers. Computer scienceen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subject.lccLB1603en
dc.subject.lccQA75en
dc.subject.lccQH301en
dc.titleDesign, delivery and evaluation of a bioinformatics education workshop for 13-16-year-oldsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorNERCen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00219266.2020.1858932
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2020-12-26
dc.identifier.grantnumberNE/P000592/1en


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