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Learning genetics in school through communication and drama
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Biology.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Biology.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Biology.
2009 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates if and how learning genetics can be promoted with a high degree of communication and the use of drama. Discussions and dialogue is one form of communication, drama could be seen as another. Research has previously shown that drama can be used as a tool to learn genetics. In this case study, a group of sixteen 9th graders in a Swedish lower secondary school were followed through a teaching sequence. The teaching sequence was based on a high degree of communication in the form of dialogues and discussions and on drama in the form of role play and visualization. Semi-structured interviews, audio recorded discussions and vide taped role-plays were used to explore the learning progression. The pupils were found to develop knowledge due to dialogue and discussions in the form of pupil-teacher interactions, but not pupil-pupil interactions. Drama as a tool to visualize biological processes was found to be useful for pupils understanding. Furthermore, the participants learned about genetics in preparation for a role play, but they did not develop new understanding in the moment of playing. Overall, the use of communication and drama in teaching genetics can promote pupils learning.

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2009.
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Biological Sciences
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Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11269DiVA: diva2:494843
Conference
ESERA 2009 CONFERENCE, August 31st - September 4th 2009, Istanbul, Turkey
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2012-10-29Bibliographically approved

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