Teaching science concepts in the same chronological order that the knowledge was developed by the scientific community is an effective way of promoting understanding of the concept as well as a greater appreciation for scientific inquiry. This activity mentally engages students and provides them a sense of discovery that Gregor Mendel must have felt over 150 years ago when he came to understand inheritance. Finally, by putting Mendelian genetics into a historical perspective, students will gain a greater understanding of scientific processes and the history and nature of science. This activity promotes National Science Education Content Standards A, C, E and G and Iowa Teaching Standards 2, 3, and 5.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2006 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"The Unknown Factor: Helping Students Understand Mendelian Genetics and the Nature of Science,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 33
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol33/iss2/6