Project 1: Modern Genetic Research
Several years ago a group of Biology 3201 students did a research paper on the topic of artificial biomes as a part of their biology course. This project was a part of the Stemnet Pilot Project. These students enjoyed their research and added to class discussion and cooperative learning sessions with the knowledge they obtained. They also became Internet users and found this technology valuable in all their research.
Biology 3201 involves the study of four major topics one of which is Genetics. Genetics is a very modern topic with many avenues of research presently occurring. As part of this study students are asked to research modern theories in genetics, human genetic diseases and genetic engineering and counselling. I intend to divide the students into groups and assignment general topics in the areas mentioned above. Students will research the topics with up to date information and bring their research back to the classroom level for discussion.
This research will involve many areas of the curriculum such as biology, research paper, language, science and reading, especially scientific documents. This integration of each curriculum fits in with the school philosophy. Specifically it fits in with the intended learning outcomes of the Biology 3201 course. These include:
Write a brief summary of geneticists and their contributions.
Cite examples of genetic engineering.
Discuss the importance of genetic counselling.
Discuss the examples of human genetic diseases and their treatments.
Discuss the ethical considerations of genetic counselling and engineering.
As a school we are emphasizing our research techniques towards modern
technologies such as the Internet and television. The students involved are our
advanced students who require the skills obtained in this research for future
The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will enhance this project. In a school with limited library resources and in an area where students have difficulty getting information it will put this information at their finger tips. It will give them access to a tremendous amount of materials. It will also give the students the ability to use this technology in other research areas in all their subjects.
Other resources will be in the form of printed research such as magazines and journals, and in the other technologies including television.
Evaluation includes the completion of the assigned task and the presentation of their paper in proper research style. This paper will be presented to the whole class(es) during instruction in the specific areas. In the past this type of project interested the whole school and got students involved Internet research. Because of our first project more students became subscribers to the Internet and it use by students in the school increased.