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ERIC Number: ED430025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 24
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"We Understood It More 'Cause We Were Doin' It Ourself": Students' Self-Described Connections between Participation and Learning.
Christie, Mary Ann
The experiences and responses of high school biology students using the GenScope computer program are described. GenScope represents genetic concepts in a linked multilevel fashion to teach students to think like scientists. Many GenScope problems use a fictitious dragon species to illustrate genetics. Students can manipulate the dragons' genes to produce offspring with particular characteristics. Students in the two high school biology classes responded enthusiastically to using the computers and to the dragon "design" problems. The freedom to operate outside of typical instructional routines and related teaching methods appeared to begin a transformative experience for these students. Participating in learning through action also engaged students and changed their attitudes about biology. An appendix describes the GenScope problem about the genetics of the dragons' horns. (Contains three references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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