by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted September 1, 2008 in DNA in General
A study in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching suggests that primary school students should be introduced to scientific concepts in “everyday English” first before being forced to memorize vocabulary.
The results reveal that although learning the language of science remains a primary hurdle, students taught using our content-first approach demonstrated an improved conceptual and linguistic understanding of science.
How would this apply to teaching genetics? My son’s current favorite series of books is Geronimo Stilton and in Geronimo and the Gold Medal Mystery, a professor conducts “extremely secret experiments in genetics.” Genetics was explained as:
…the science that deals with the hereditary characteristics of species in the plant and animal world.
Not quite everyday English. How might this be rephrased?
Genetics is the science that looks at how parents pass along certain traits to their children.
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