In this task students will investigate and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of science as a human endeavour (SHE) in Biology. The focus of this task is to explore an aspect of contemporary Biology with a particular emphasis on the interaction between society and, for example, the application and use of biological knowledge, the influence and development of new technologies, or the design of solutions to problems.
Simone Burzacott-Gorman, Wilderness School, South Australia
|Nature of the inquiry problem||
Students will use the CSIRO RV Investigator website and the Educator on Board Blog as a spring board for finding a contemporary biological link to society:
Students will need to select and explore a recent discovery, innovation, issue or advancement on RV Investigator. They will analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to explain the science relevant to the focus of their investigation, show its connections to science as a human endeavour and develop and justify their own conclusions. They will present their research findings amd conclusions for example, as a scientific journal which must include the use of scientific terminology.
Student research findings and outcome should have a focus on at least two of the key concepts of Science as a Human Endeavour from the SACE Biology Curriculum outline.
|Suitable year levels and subject areas||
Senior Biology (Year 10, 11, and 12)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) - Stage 1
Student research will enable them to make connections between science and society by exploring the Science as a Human Endeavour concepts.
Communication and Collaboration
Application and Limitation
|Student Learning Outcomes*||
Students will be able to access contemporary scientific writing and identify links between science and society.
Students may choose to present their research findings as either an article in a scientific journal, as a written report providing an expert's point of view, an analysis of a new development in a field or a concern about a development that has economic, social, environmental or political implications on any aspect related to any topic Biology science understanding.
Formative practice highlighting an article to find evidence of Science as a Human Endeavour concepts is helpful. If students use 4 different coloured highlighters and assign a colour to each of the Science as a Human Endeavour concepts it helps them to readily identify links between science and society. Rubric attached for assessment based on SACE curriculum.
|Information and communications technology (ICT)||
On-Board teacher blogs are an important electronic resource for this task
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