ERIC Number: EJ782209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Illustrating Probability in Genetics with Hands-On Learning: Making the Math Real
Pierce, Benjamin A.; Honeycutt, Brenda B.
American Biology Teacher, v69 n9 p544-551 Nov-Dec 2007
Probability is an essential tool for understanding heredity and modern genetics, yet many students have difficulty with this topic due to the abstract and quantitative nature of the subject. To facilitate student learning of probability in genetics, we have developed a set of hands-on, cooperative activities that allow students to determine empirically the probabilities of different combinations of events, and then compare these to theoretically calculated values. Electronic tools that simulate random events can be combined with manipulatives to provide large empirical data sets. These exercises help students understand basic rules of probability, the use of the binomial, and the chi-square test.
Descriptors: Heredity, Learning Activities, Genetics, Statistical Analysis, Probability, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Cooperative Learning, Computation, Computer Simulation, Biology
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