Multimedia presentations on the human genome: Implementation and assessment of a teaching program for the introduction to genome science using a poster and animations

Genome science, including topics such as gene recombination, cloning, genetic tests, and gene therapy, is now an established part of our daily lives; thus we need to learn genome science to better equip ourselves for the present day. Learning from topics directly related to the human has been suggested to be more effective than learning from Mendel's peas not only because many students do not understand that plants are organisms, but also because human biology contains important social and health issues. Therefore, we have developed a teaching program for the introduction to genome science, whose subjects are focused on the human genome. This program comprises mixed multimedia presentations: a large poster with illustrations and text on the human genome (a human genome map for every home), and animations on the basics of genome science. We implemented and assessed this program at four high schools. Our results indicate that students felt that they learned about the human genome from the program and some increases in students' understanding were observed with longer exposure to the mixed multimedia presentations.

Kano, K., Yahata, S., Muroi, K., Kawakami, M., Tomoda, M., Miyaki, K., Nakayama, T., Kosugi, S., & Kato, K.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Vol. 36(6), 395-401.
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Grade Level: 
middle school
IDEA Disability Category: 
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
Instructional Support: 
opportunities to learn concepts
visualizations and models
NSTA Content Standards: 
history & nature of science
life science
personal & social perspectives
science & technology
science as inquiry
unifying concepts & processes