Training for biologists: a comparison between classroom courses and distance learning
The present study aims to evaluate the potential and limitations of the model classrooms and distance learning courses used for the training of biology teachers in Brazil, through a survey of the perceptions of teachers and students of both modalities. Our results allow us to identify some key issues relevant to a discussion of the training of biologists in Brazil. The perception of students and teachers in courses in the distance education program does not reflect the reality of the courses, but does indicate points that deserve consideration in order to improve the quality of graduates. Despite the concerns raised by the distance students most believe a good education is possible in this modality. The discussion of the tools of distance education in undergraduate education can provide material for further reflection on the methods of classroom teaching in universities, and can help us suggest revisions in both models with possible contributions from the distance model to the classroom course and vice versa.
Initial training; distance education; teacher training; classroom teaching.