ERIC Number: EJ1049001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
A Model Inquiry-Based Genetics Experiment for Introductory Biology Students: Screening for Enhancers & Suppressors of Ptpmeg
Setty, Sumana; Kosinski-Collins, Melissa S.
American Biology Teacher, v77 n1 p41-47 Jan 2015
It has been noted that undergraduate project-based laboratories lead to increased interest in scientific research and student understanding of biological concepts. We created a novel, inquiry-based, multiweek genetics research project studying Ptpmeg, for the Introductory Biology Laboratory course at Brandeis University. Ptpmeg is a protein involved in axon formation in "Drosophila melanogaster." In order to better understand Ptpmeg's functionality, students sought to find Ptpmeg's enhancers and suppressors by engaging in either a 4- or a 7-week modular research project. By the end of the semester, students were able to learn various laboratory techniques and acquire a deeper understanding of "Drosophila" genetics in both versions of the course.
Descriptors: Genetics, Introductory Courses, Biology, Inquiry, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Scientific Research, Scientific Concepts, Research Projects, Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Procedures, Pretests Posttests, Student Surveys, Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Science Experiments
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