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ERIC Number: EJ988872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Using a Case Study Article on Earwax to Enhance Understanding and Interest in Genetics
Van Hoewyk, Doug
Journal of College Science Teaching, v41 n6 p62-64 Jul 2012
For four consecutive semesters, students in an Introductory Biology class at Coastal Carolina University were assigned to read a case study article that explores the link between a single gene and earwax type. The case study article, broadly defined as a story with an educational message (Herreid, 2007), was originally published by the "New York Times" (Wade, 2006) and summarizes original research performed by Yoshiura et al. (2006). Briefly, the case study article explains that humans either have wet or dry earwax and continues by highlighting that Japanese researchers have recently identified the gene that determines the type of earwax an individual is destined to have. The case study is assigned to students after a three-week unit covering Mendelian genetics, transcription, and translation. Students who have a sound conceptual framework of genetics will be able to apply their knowledge of genetics and the terms they have learned to the case study article. The author suggests that the case study may be ideal for instructors who challenge their students to apply the genetic concepts learned in class. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina