International Science Education Issue - Published Spring 2019

Guest Editors for the issue (left to right): Tatiana Ascencio, Erin Barding, Esperanza Cabrera, Thomas Karikari, Miriam Segura-Totten (JMBE'sTheme Issue Editor), and Diana Waturangi.

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In recent years, there have been several national initiatives and programs within the United States to understand, support, and improve teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines. However, science education approaches in other countries, particularly in developing nations, have had limited attention. Comparing and contrasting pedagogical approaches on an international scale will help identify best practices for educators in study abroad programs, inform international science education outreach efforts, and impact global science education policy moving forward.

The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) recently published an International Science Education-themed issue to explore the following topics:

  • >  Effectiveness of pedagogical approaches in one country or culture versus another
  • >  Challenges and opportunities of developing and implementing science curricula in resource-limited versus resource-rich countries
  • >  Design, training, and implementation of culturally-sensitive outreach programs
  • >  Novel and exciting approaches to teaching abroad, especially those that foster collaborative relationships and multicultural awareness
  • >  Using indigenous biodiversity as examples in teaching
  • >  Exploration and assessment of regional trends in education
  • >  Examples of science education collaboration efforts between countries
  • >  Perspectives and experiences of students who study abroad
  • >  Opportunities to foster education research and improve education globally
  • >  Open access, readily available electronic resources for resource-limited countries
  • >  Recommendations and advice for students who wish to remain abroad to pursue the next level of education or training


Five experts in international science education have teamed together to solicit, review, and organize a special issue centered on this topic. A representative of JMBE's Editorial Board, the Theme Issue Editor, will facilitate the review process and ensure all manuscripts meet the scope of the journal.

International Science Education Guest Editors:

Tatiana Ascencio - Assistant Professor at "Dr. José Matías Delgado" University, School of Medicine. She teaches Medical Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology, Parasitology, Immunology, and Genetics for undergraduate students.

Erin Barding - Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Georgia. She teaches courses in Wildlife Ecology, Tropical Ecology, Mammalogy, and Conservation Biology. She has experience with developing and teaching study abroad programs. 

Esperanza Cabrera - Professor and University Fellow at the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. She teaches Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology courses.

Thomas Karikari - Research Fellow in Neurochemistry at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has teaching experience at the higher education level in Ghana, and has initiated and led several public engagement activities in the West African country.

Miriam Segura-Totten (JMBE Theme Issue Editor) - Professor of Biology and the Harry B. Forester Eminent Scholars Chair at the University of North Georgia.

Diana Waturangi - Associate Professor and Dean of Biotechnology faculty at Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia. She teaches Microbial Diversity, Food Microbiology, and Molecular Diagnostics.

Wondering about JMBE's other themed issues? Visit the Themed Issues page for a list.

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