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PLoS Comput Biol. 2014 Jan;10(1):e1003404. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003404. Epub 2014 Jan 23.

Bioinformatics projects supporting life-sciences learning in high schools.

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1
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal.
2
Escola Secundária Stuart de Carvalhais, Queluz, Portugal.

Abstract

The interdisciplinary nature of bioinformatics makes it an ideal framework to develop activities enabling enquiry-based learning. We describe here the development and implementation of a pilot project to use bioinformatics-based research activities in high schools, called "Bioinformatics@school." It includes web-based research projects that students can pursue alone or under teacher supervision and a teacher training program. The project is organized so as to enable discussion of key results between students and teachers. After successful trials in two high schools, as measured by questionnaires, interviews, and assessment of knowledge acquisition, the project is expanding by the action of the teachers involved, who are helping us develop more content and are recruiting more teachers and schools.

PMID:
24465192
PMCID:
PMC3900377
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003404
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