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

Authors
  • Kano, Kei
  • Yahata, Saiko
  • Muroi, Kaori
  • Kawakami, Masahiro
  • Tomoda, Mari
  • Miyaki, Koichi
  • Nakayama, Takeo
  • Kosugi, Shinji
  • Kato, Kazuto
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2008
Volume
36
Issue
6
Pages
395–401
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20231
PMID: 21591228
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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.

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