ERIC Number: EJ1062466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
The Relevance of History of Biology to Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences: The Case of Mendel's Laws
Dagher, Zoubeida R.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v45 n3-4 p205-216 Nov 2014
Using Mendel's laws as a case in point, the purpose of this paper is to bring historical and philosophical perspectives together to help students understand science as a human endeavor. Three questions as addressed: (1) how did the Mendelian scheme, principles, or facts become labeled as laws, (2) to what extent do Mendel's laws exhibit characteristics of scientific laws, and (3) what are the implications for biology education. This paper argues that adding historical details about Mendel's successors and their actions at the time, coupled with explicit consideration of the particular nature of biological laws can provide educators and learners a more comprehensive account for understanding Mendel's laws, their explanatory and predictive functions, as well as the social context that facilitated their appropriation by the wider scientific community.
Descriptors: Biology, Genetics, Scientific Principles, Science Education, Social Influences, Science History
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