Discipline-based Education Research
The University of New Mexico Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to driving curricular improvement and contributing to the body of knowledge that underlies best practices in scientific education.
Discipline-based education research (DBER) is an emerging field that integrates the worldview, disciplinary priorities, content knowledge and practices shared by scientists and engineers with current research on human learning and cognition.
The scholarly work in DBER supports excellence in STEM-H education by formulating instructional strategies and methods as well as assessing the effectiveness of these pedagogies to prepare a diverse technical workforce and science-literate citizenry. It combines an understanding of the challenges of learning and teaching in a specific discipline with the science of learning and teaching generally.
At UNM, we are studying how people master concepts and practices in biochemistry and identifying the nature and development of expertise in the field. We are also defining appropriate learning goals and exploring which instructional approaches best meet those goals.
This work will contribute to a better understanding of how to apply DBER insights in the classroom, while making UNM’s biochemistry program more effective and inclusive.