R. Geeta is a retired professor from the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi. In this interview, she talks about her journey in academia and her opinions on pedagogical tools and teacher networks.
A young educational enterprise is engaging middle and high school students in a curiosity-driven learning experience in biology that takes them beyond their textbooks. The teachers/mentors are undergraduate and postgraduate students of biology with a flair for science outreach, who too benefit from the engagement by gaining a deeper understanding of basic biological concepts.
An entire kingdom of life forms seems to be hidden in plain sight. The stark ignorance about them does not bode well for the future of life on earth. Some educators and organisations are striving to bring these creatures into focus.
The need for exposing undergraduate students to research and providing them with training in research-oriented scientific thought has been felt for quite some time in India. In this article, four generations of Indian scientists come together to discuss the present status of the undergraduate research ecosystem in India, the changes that have taken place over the last few decades, and the road ahead.
Undergraduate research experience has the potential to suit the needs of learners. A recent study analyses the attitudinal outcomes of college students taking up bench and digital research. Termed Course-based Research Experience or CURE, this pedagogical approach takes the student through a journey of discovery-via-inquiry.