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ERIC Number: EJ1186047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
On Hardy-Weinberg in Introductory Biology: Teaching This Fundamental Principle in an Authentic, Engaging, and Accurate Manner. Perspectives
Wise, Michael J.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v44 n1 p37-41 May 2018
The Hardy-Weinberg principle (HWP) is a fundamental model upon which much of the discipline of population genetics is based. Despite its significance, students often leave introductory biology courses with only a shallow understanding of the use and implications of the HWP. I contend that this deficiency in student comprehension is too-often a consequence of teachers of introductory biology having an insufficient mastery of the HWP, as well as a lack of proficiency in quantitative analysis in general. The purpose of this Perspectives paper is to correct some common misconceptions about the HWP so that teachers of introductory biology will have more confidence that they are communicating this important principle correctly to their students. A companion Innovations paper provides a problem-set of six real-world Hardy-Weinberg scenarios, along with explicit instructions on quantitatively analyzing the scenarios. [For the companion paper, see EJ1186046.]
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Language: English
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