This document outlines a framework to assist educators and curriculum and resource developers in providing Canadian students with
opportunities to develop awareness and understanding of biotechnology.
The purposes of the Biotechnology Learning Continuum, Grades 7 to 12 are:
- to identify opportunities for teachers, resource developers and curriculum developers to develop units, lesson plans and
learning resources about biotechnology;
- to support the implementation of existing curriculum requirements within the context of biotechnology; and
- to be used as a resource by curriculum developers for future curriculum revisions to ensure that students develop an
understanding of biotechnology and its current and future impact on our lives.
Typically, learning about biotechnology is usually found in specialized courses at the senior level in science or in technology
education; however, understanding biotechnology is not the sole domain of any subject discipline or the senior grades.
Biotechnology is interdisciplinary and the structure and organization of the Biotechnology Learning Continuum, Grades 7 to 12 is not
specific to one or two subject areas. Biotechnology involves the interactions of business and research and has legal, political,
philosophical, ethical, societal and environmental implications.
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