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ERIC Number: EJ937436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Learning Biology by Designing
Janssen, Fred; Waarlo, Arend Jan
Journal of Biological Education, v44 n2 p88-92 2010
According to a century-old tradition in biological thinking, organisms can be considered as being optimally designed. In modern biology this idea still has great heuristic value. In evolutionary biology a so-called design heuristic has been formulated which provides guidance to researchers in the generation of knowledge about biological systems. We developed and tested a teaching/learning method based on this idea. We call this approach "learning biology by designing" because students develop knowledge about the function and mechanism of biological systems by redesigning them. The three main components of the learning by designing approach are described in this article: (1) the design heuristic; (2) the main characteristics of the teaching-learning process; and (3) guidelines for developing lessons with the desired characteristics. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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