Title

A concrete model for teaching about genes and DNA to young students

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

International, Cultural and Community Studies

RAS ID

3306

Comments

Originally published as: Donovan, J., & Venville, G. (2005). A concrete model for teaching about genes and DNA to young students. Teaching Science: The Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 51(4), 29-31.

Abstract

In this article, Jenny Donovan and Grady Venville return to the vexed question: how do you teach a complex concept to a young learner? Both authors are former science teachers now engaged in science education research into establishing appropriate student understandings of genes and DNA. Jenny first devised this model to use in a Year 2 classroom in response to our previous research that showed a range of alternative conceptions about genes and DNA in older students and expert geneticists' recommendation to teach these concepts at a younger age.

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