BioCore Guide: A tool for interpreting the core concepts of vision and change for biology majors

Sara Brownell, Scott Freeman, Mary Pat Wenderoth, Alison J. Crowe

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Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education outlined five core concepts intended to guide undergraduate biology education: 1) evolution; 2) structure and function; 3) information flow, exchange, and storage; 4) pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and 5) systems. We have taken these general recommendations and created aVision and Change BioCoreGuide-a set of general principles and specific statements that expand upon the core concepts, creating a framework that biology departments can use to align with the goals of Vision and Change.We used a grassroots approach to generate the BioCore Guide, beginning with faculty ideas as the basis for an iterative process that incorporated feedback from more than 240 biologists and biology educators at a diverse range of academic institutions throughout the United States. The final validation step in this process demonstrated strong national consensus, with more than 90% of respondents agreeing with the importance and scientific accuracy of the statements. It is our hope that the BioCore Guide will serve as an agent of change for biology departments as we move toward transforming undergraduate biology education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalCBE life sciences education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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