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Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Compulsory 13B055 8th 3 Hrs/Wk 3 Hrs/Wk 4 6,0
  The course deals with the principles of Biosciences Didactics in order to provide students with the necessary skills as to be able to create and organize their own lesson, aiming to achieve the best learning outcomes. 

The students at the end of the lectures and the laboratory exercises are expected to be able to:

Knowledge: a) explain the purpose of Biology teaching, b) critically discuss the theoretical and practical concepts of Biology teaching and its methodology, c) record, explain and discuss key features of modern trends in Biology teaching such as problem solving, inquiry based learning, collaborative method, ICT, metacognition building, situated learning, etc. and to demonstrate their practical implementation, d) separate the different teaching models and teaching methods as well as the learning theories from which they originate, e) explain the importance of informal and non-formal learning resources in school practice and describe how they can be used,

Skills: a) organize lesson plans by setting educational goals, materials, activities, teaching tools and assessment tools according to specific didactic models, b) design and deliver lessons in science, using the appropriate teaching methods and appropriate didactic models, c) design evaluation activities and tests,

Abilities: a) develop self-confidence and feel capable of teaching the biological concepts in the classroom, b) conduct small surveys using the relevant scientific procedures.


Introduction. Didactics as a branch of Education. (3 Hours) - Scientific literacy. (3 Hours) - Historical development of the teaching methodology of Biology. Concept and purpose of teaching and teaching methodology of Biology. (3 Hours) - Learning theories. Modern didactic models (theory of interaction, theory of knowledge construction, socio-cultural theory). Cognitive Science. (3 Hours) - Teaching Biology with emphasis on reasoning and critical thinking skills. (3 Hours) - Students’ ideas, teaching models, inquiry based learning in Biology: scientific processes, teaching tools. (3 Hours) - The Curriculum. Educational goals, teaching content, activity building, feedback instruments. (3 Hours) - Educational role of teacher / students in the modern class of biological sciences. The Structure of social Interaction in the classroom. Collaborative teaching. (3 Hours) - Integration of the experiment and ICT into the modern Biology teaching. (3 Hours) - The daily lesson plan: course of the procedure, development and sequence of activities. Selection of educational-teaching tools and materials. Worksheet. Class organization. Educational scenarios. (3 Hours) - Teaching Biology in Secondary Education. (3 Hours) -  Informal and non-formal learning resources. (3 Hours) - Evaluation. (3 Hours)


1. Worksheet structure/building – 2. Lesson plan on various didactic models – 3. Teaching tools – 4. Concept maps – 5. Educational game – 6. Integration of ICT in Biology teaching – 7. Integration of the experiment in Biology teaching – 8. Practical teaching

  Lectures: Ιoannis Trougakos Professor of Animal Cell Biology & Electron Microscopy (Coordinator) - Dr. Martha Georgiou (Laboratory Teaching Staff)
  Practicals: Ιoannis Trougakos, Professor of Animal Cell Biology & Electron Microscopy - Dr. Martha Georgiou (Laboratory Teaching Staff)

There are no prerequisites for the student to choose and attend the course.

The course is offered to Erasmus students: Teaching in Greek language - Exams in English language.

The evaluation process is carried out in Greek language (there is the possibility in English for Erasmus students), with a final examination of the total syllabus and includes: A. Lectures: (70% of the total grade of the course) with: a) open-ended questions and b) closed-ended questions - B. Laboratory practice: (30% of the total grade of the course) written examination. The total score is the sum of the above individual evaluations.

  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Prof. Ιoannis Trougakos at: Tel +30 210 727 4555 - Email: itrougakos[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr