NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ939399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Analysis of Molecular Genetics Content in Spanish Secondary School Textbooks
Martinez-Gracia, M. V.; Gil-Quilez, M. J.; Osada, J.
Journal of Biological Education, v40 n2 p53-60 2006
The treatment of molecular biology in thirty-four Spanish high school biology textbooks has been analysed using a check-list made up of twenty-three items. The study showed a tendency to confuse the genetic code with genetic information. The treatment of DNA transcription, regulation of gene expression and translation were presented as masses of factual information without necessarily facilitating the acquisition of an understanding of the main concepts. The biological meaning of terms such as "translation", "codified proteins" or "regulation of gene expression" were particularly unclear and poorly related to a wider understanding of cell biology. In conclusion, our data showed the need to improve text books by placing a greater emphasis on the understanding of basic concepts, rather than concentrating on factual detail, and by placing molecular biology in a broader context of cell and whole-organism biology. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain