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Short Course
Teaching Biodiversity in Life Sciences: Fundisa for Change – Grades 10 - 12
This short course has been developed to support teacher understanding of, and capacity for, teaching environmental content and concerns as found within the national curriculum subjects, and their cognate disciplines. It will broaden the knowledge of teachers to engage with social- ecological concepts, issues and solutions and wider sustainability practices. It further seeks to strengthen disciplinary knowledge, pedagogical, content knowledge, situational knowledge and learning. It does this through supporting critically reflective and applied practice in which new concepts and approaches are tried out and reflected on in classrooms.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the course is to expand teachers’ knowledge and expertise and support teaching Biodiversity Life Sciences Grades 10 – 12 (FET). The course take a socio- ecological perspective: it focus on biodiversity as it relates to people and the environment.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Professional Education Qualification
Learning assumed to be in place: 

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • To support teachers’ understanding of, and capacity for, teaching environmental content and concerns
  • To strengthen disciplinary knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, situational knowledge and learning .


Subject Knowledge and Learning (Theory): Show improved understanding of environment and sustainability subject knowledge in the context of teaching Biodiversity Life Sciences Grades 10 – 12 (FET). Pedagogical Knowledge and Learning (Practice): Show ability to use appropriate teaching methods and assessment approaches of teaching Biodiversity Life Sciences Grades 10 – 12 (FET). Situated Knowledge and Learning (Context): Relate subject specific environment and sustainability content knowledge about biodiversity to broader issues and contexts Practical Knowledge and Experience (Work Experience): Design, develop, implement and reflectively review a lesson plan / sequence of lesson plans relevant to an environmental and sustainability content focus in a particular to teaching Biodiversity Life Sciences Grades 10 – 12 (FET).
Method of assessment: 
Assessment is via submitted tasks compiled into a portfolio of learning commensurate with the number of credits specified. Strategies are used that allow for appropriate assessment of workplace-based tasks to be undertaken by teachers, as the programme has an intention to support applied, improved practice.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Life Science Teachers
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