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ERIC Number: EJ876513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Making Quantitative Genetics Relevant: Effectiveness of a Laboratory Investigation that Links Scientific Research, Commercial Applications, and Legal Issues
Rutledge, Michael L.; Mathis, Philip M.; Seipelt, Rebecca L.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v30 n4 p9-13 Dec 2005
As students apply their knowledge of scientific concepts and of science as a method of inquiry, learning becomes relevant. This laboratory exercise is designed to foster students' understanding of the genetics of quantitative traits and of the nature of science as a method of inquiry by engaging them in a real-world business scenario. During the investigation, students explore the question of whether the patent rights of a commercial producer of sunflower seeds have been infringed upon by a rival company. Students work as a research team to explore the question, making observations, collecting and analyzing data utilizing statistical tools, and ultimately drawing conclusions regarding possible patent violations. Student-evaluations of the exercise indicate that they perceive that the activity fostered their understanding of genetic principles and of important aspects of scientific inquiry and made the content relevant by linking it to real-world issues. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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