ERIC Number: EJ719753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 62
Solving Problems in Genetics
Aznar, Mercedes Martinez; Orcajo, Teresa Ibanez
International Journal of Science Education, v27 n1 p101-121 Jan 2005
A teaching unit on genetics and human inheritance using problem-solving methodology was undertaken with fourth-level Spanish Secondary Education students (15 year olds). The goal was to study certain aspects of the students' learning process (concepts, procedures and attitude) when using this methodology in the school environment. The change experienced by students in the process of problem-solving is discussed: the analysis of the problem, the formulation of hypothesis, the design of a solution, the putting into practice of that strategy and the analysis of results. As genetics is one of the few biology topics best addressed through problem-solving, and problem-solving traditionally has been treated in Spain as that of closed problems, it is important that we have shown that working with genuine problematic situations allows students to successfully solve closed problems without prior training.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Cognitive Psychology, Genetics, Problem Solving, Secondary School Students, Cognitive Processes, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Heredity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain