Recontextualising cellular respiration in upper secondary biology education: characteristics and practicability of a learning and teaching strategy

Menno Wierdsma, Marie-Christine Knippels, Bert Oers, Kerst Boersma

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Since concepts may have different meanings in different contexts, students have to learn to recontextualise them, i.e. to adapt their meanings to a new context. It is unclear, however, what characteristics a learning and teaching strategy for recontextualising should have. The study aims to develop such a learning and teaching strategy for cellular respiration. The strategy consists of a storyline, consisting of three contexts, with embedded cognitive elements and some episodes focussed on recontextualising cellular respiration. Testing the strategy in two classes in upper secondary biology education showed that the strategy was largely practicable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-250
JournalJournal of biological education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • transfer
  • cellular respiration
  • recontextualising
  • design
  • research
  • biology
  • education
  • secondary schools

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