DescriptionThis conference meets the National Forum priority of enhancing teaching and learning within a discipline, namely biology. It aims to tackle one of the biggest challenges to maintaining and improving a high quality educational system – namely “stress”, which is broadly defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension, resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. Importantly, it is clear that stress detrimentally affects both student mental health and academic performance [Shankar & Park, 2016, Int. J. School & Edu. Psychol. 4:5-9]. If UCD biology students, and the staff teaching them, continue to experience growing levels of stress, this will negate all other efforts to improve our educational programmes. Our project aims to identify the key factors involved in this stress at UCD, and more importantly, the strategies that need to be enacted to alleviate it. This project will therefore facilitate all other future teaching and learning enhancement initiatives. The project aims to establish a valuable network of like-minded, discipline based educational researchers across Ireland and the United Kingdom. This will hopefully be the first of many collaborative efforts in tackling staff and student stress that the project team will become involved in over the next five years.
|Period||21 May 2021|
|Degree of Recognition||International|