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ERIC Number: EJ938373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Genetic Diseases and Genetic Determinism Models in French Secondary School Biology Textbooks
Castera, Jeremy; Bruguiere, Catherine; Clement, Pierre
Journal of Biological Education, v42 n2 p53-59 2008
The presentation of genetic diseases in French secondary school biology textbooks is analysed to determine the major conceptions taught in the field of human genetics. References to genetic diseases, and the processes by which they are explained (monogeny, polygeny, chromosomal anomaly and environmental influence) are studied in recent French text-books targeted at the four different school levels for students between the ages of 15 and 18. Four different publishers' textbooks are included per school level. It is found that direct, linear and causal genetic determinism is the interpretative model most often associated with genetic diseases. Nevertheless, environmental influences are more often addressed in recent textbooks than in older ones, and are mainly associated with polygenic models of genetic determinism. The issues surrounding these results are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: France