A new approach for teaching biology

In order to summarize the pedagogical approach of Imaginative Biology, we explain its three main principles.

Rigor in the scientific knowledge presented. The primary aim of Imaginative Biology is to teach relevant scientific knowledge in biology. The website is built to present knowledge that is necessary to understand more advanced biological concepts and theories. This is the reason behind the close attention that it is paid to the analysis of the work of several pioneers in biology.

Rigor in the historical contextualization of science. If the historical context in which scientific discoveries were made is to be explained, there is no justification to base it on anecdotal or unsupported evidence. The scientific work presented in Imaginative Biology is contextualized by taking into account the latest studies in the history of science. Only with detailed and rigorous historical accounts can we discuss complex events without oversimplifications or unverified claims that in no way contribute to clarify the meaning of important concepts and theories.

Pedagogical presentation of both scientific and historical knowledge. The presentation of scientific and historical knowledge, however, has to be carefully selected in each section so that students neither drown in an excess of information, nor feel as if the historical content displaces relevant scientific knowledge in biology. This is perhaps the most difficult aim of Imaginative Biology: to find a balance between science and history, and this is the reason why its contents are periodically calibrated. Following a single concept or idea through time and relating it to the most important observations and experiments that have shaped it is a good strategy that does not result in the oversimplification of the content at hand.


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