ERIC Number: ED267992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Classroom-tested Recommendations for Teaching Problem Solving within a Traditional College Course: Genetics.
Smith, Mike U.
Both teachers and students alike acknowledge that genetics and genetics problem-solving are extremely difficult to learn and to teach. Therefore, a number of recommendations for teaching college genetics are offered. Although few of these ideas have as yet been tested in controlled experiments, they are supported by research and experience and may therefore be of some value. They include: (1) 17 recommendations which are not content-specific but relate more to teaching techniques; (2) recommendations for teaching genetics, focusing on those related to elucidating the relationships between meiosis and genetics, careful use of genetic terms, inclusion of probability, emphasis on the problem-solving process, and the importance of practice; and (3) specific recommendations from personal experience. The latter includes providing as many hands-on activities as possible, relating discussions to real world phenomena with which students are familiar, and modeling the problem-solving process and demonstration of problems that are solved. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Individualized Instruction (Newark, NJ, October 10, 1985).