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ERIC Number: ED511219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
University Students' Conceptions about the Concept of Gene: Interest of Historical Approach
Boujemaa, Agorram; Pierre, Clement; Sabah, Selmaoui; Salaheddine, Khzami; Jamal, Chafik; Abdellatif, Chiadli
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v7 n2 p9-15 Feb 2010
Concepts of genetics are often difficult to teach, specifically the central concept of gene. Even the scientists disagree when defining this concept. This paper investigates university students' understanding about the gene and its functions. The results show the dominance of two conceptions of the gene: the Neoclassical model and the Mendelian model. The existence of hybrid conceptions and the lack of the modern model show that students are unable to mobilize the knowledge taught in biology. These results suggest to improve the teaching methods of genetics, for instance, by developing activities that bring students face to face with their conceptions. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Morocco