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Online Submission, US-China Education Review v6 n1 p19-23 Jan 2009

Understanding life on a molecular level is greatly enhanced when students are given the opportunity to visualize the molecules. Especially understanding DNA structure and function is essential for understanding key concepts of molecular biology such as DNA, central dogma and the manipulation of DNA. Researches have shown that undergraduate students typically lack a coherent view of concepts and their relationships when studying molecular biology within instruction-based lecture with no other pedagogical applications. In this study, we have designed an experimental to investigate the effect of a hands on paper models exercise within group work (Jigsaw Cooperative learning) on student biology teachers' academic achievement and attitudes to biotechnologies. Our goal was to develop a manipulative activity using inexpensive but graphic materials. The sample for this study consisted of 42 student teachers in the department of Biology Education during the 2005-2006 academic year. We have divided the students in two different classes. One of the classes was randomly assigned as the non-paper model (control, n=21) and the other as the paper model group (n=21). In experimental group cut and paste paper models exercise within cooperative groups, in control group traditional instructional design has been applied in teaching DNA structure, Central Dogma and Recombinant DNA. The posttests of the groups in achievement and attitudes to biotechnologies show significant differences. The results indicated that the paper model group was more successful than the non-paper group. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Molecular Biology, Visualization, Models, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Undergraduate Students, Student Teachers, Science Instruction, Biology, Instructional Design, Genetics, Biotechnology

Author: Altiparmak, Melek; Nakiboglu Tezer, Mahmure

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3430&id=ED503888

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