ERIC Number: EJ1044309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Trying Out Genes for Size: Experiential Learning in the High School Classroom
Blazek, Joshua D.; Cooper, Gary L.; Judd, Mariah V.; Roper, Randall J.; Marrs, Kathleen A.
American Biology Teacher, v75 n9 p 657-662 Nov-Dec 2013
The National Science Foundation's GK-12 program provides a unique opportunity for STEM collaboration between the K-12 classroom and university research. This partnership benefits students through experiential learning, exposure to research, exceptional mentorship, and preparation for postsecondary education. Additionally, researchers gain valuable skills by explaining difficult scientific concepts to high school students and broadening their exposure to secondary education. We present graduate-research-based activities focused on understanding the genetic causes of Down syndrome. Modification of these activities could accommodate educational levels from middle school to entry-level college biology. This lesson involves several biological and data-collecting techniques. These experiential activities help students understand genetics and Down syndrome, and introduce basic scientific methodology and techniques useful for postsecondary education.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Experiential Learning, Science Instruction, Mentors, Genetics, Down Syndrome, Biology, Secondary School Science, College Science, Data Collection, Scientific Methodology, College Preparation, Animals, Genetic Disorders, Science Activities, High School Students, Scientific Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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