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ERIC Number: EJ780203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Introducing DNA Concepts to Swiss High School Students Based on a Brazilian Educational Game
Cardona, Tania da S.; Spiegel, Carolina N.; Alves, Gutemberg G.; Ducommun, Jacques; Henriques-Pons, Andrea; Araujo-Jorge, Tania C.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v35 n6 p416-421 Nov-Dec 2007
Subjects such as techniques for genetic diagnosis, cloning, sequencing, and gene therapy are now part of our lives and raise important questions about ethics, future medical diagnosis, and such. Students from different countries observe this explosion of biotechnological applications regardless of their social, academic, or cultural backgrounds, although they are not usually familiar with their theoretical genetic bases. To introduce some molecular biology concepts for high school students, we developed a new problem for the Brazilian board game "Discovering the cell" ("Celula Adentro[C]" in Portuguese), a pedagogic tool based on inquiry-, cooperative-, and problem-based learning. This problem ("Case") is based on the forensic DNA, which represents an interesting theme for students, as it recurrently appears on newspapers and television series. In this work, we tested this game with secondary students and teachers from Switzerland. Our results indicate that the game "Discovering the cell" is well accepted by both students and teachers and may represent a good pedagogical approach to help teaching complex themes in molecular biology, even with students from different socioeconomical, cultural, and academic backgrounds. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables and 1 footnote.) [This work was supported by CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico), FIOCRUZ and Haute Ecole Pedagogique-BEJUNE.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland