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Non-specialist teaching science - can it be done?

Discussion in 'Science' started by ghoti97, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. I'm a Psychology teacher with nine years' experience but I'm looking at applying for a job that would require that I teach biology. I have an A level in biology and there's a significant amount of biological material in what I'm teaching now, but I'm not convinced that the transition would be as easy as it seems to be for biology teachers coming over to my subject.
    Would you want me?! What could I reasonably offer, if anything, or should I stick to my own subject?
    Please be gentle in your replies. [​IMG]
     
  2. I'm a Psychology teacher with nine years' experience but I'm looking at applying for a job that would require that I teach biology. I have an A level in biology and there's a significant amount of biological material in what I'm teaching now, but I'm not convinced that the transition would be as easy as it seems to be for biology teachers coming over to my subject.
    Would you want me?! What could I reasonably offer, if anything, or should I stick to my own subject?
    Please be gentle in your replies. [​IMG]
     
  3. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    I'd say you'd probably be fine up to GCSE in biology.
     
  4. Why don't you read a biology syllabus or two, look at some past papers and maybe even sit in on a lesson? There may a SOW you could look at too.
    This will give you a far better idea of what is involved, how comfortable you would be with the subject and how you would feel with managing practical work. Our advice, though interesting may not be appropriate since we don't know you (well, I don't think I do)!
     
  5. I'd worry about your ability to handle practical work and your subject knowledge outside of what you're doing now so things like plants, latest advances in DNA like PCR etc. That said if it's a psychology post with some biology teaching then I am sure they are prepared for that.
     
  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Agree. I think you'd be ok up to GCSE but A level biology is not as easy as it looks.
     

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