VIRTUAL BIOLOGY EXERCISE FOR THE ACTIVE LEARNING OF MENDELIAN GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT OF KEY COMPETENCES

Miro Puhek, Andrej Šorgo

Abstract

Over years of growing peas Gregor Mendel set the basis of modern genetics. When he was comparing different peas he used problem based activities and practical work. All these methods can be described as key activities for developing competences. With these activities students tend to gain more knowledge and the teachers do not have to worry that students would be under challenged. While it is hard to expect that teachers will turn classes into gardens to grow peas, the virtual experiments are far more reachable. The cooperation between Sinergise and Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics results in developing interactive virtual environment that will stimulate students to actively learn about science. With the exercise Mendelian Genetics students have to solve problems that they are introduced to and consequently at the same time learn new terms connected with Mendelian genetics. The virtual exercise was created to stimulate the development of various competences, important in natural sciences. In the paper we presented the virtual exercise, which was initially tested on 31 students in second grade of lower secondary school. Results show that students did not come across extraordinary difficulties while working on it. When working on the explanation of the problem, the exercise helped the students with less knowledge.

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Puhek M. and Šorgo A. (2011). VIRTUAL BIOLOGY EXERCISE FOR THE ACTIVE LEARNING OF MENDELIAN GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT OF KEY COMPETENCES . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8425-49-2, pages 390-393. DOI: 10.5220/0003336103900393


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@conference{csedu11,
author={Miro Puhek and Andrej Šorgo},
title={VIRTUAL BIOLOGY EXERCISE FOR THE ACTIVE LEARNING OF MENDELIAN GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT OF KEY COMPETENCES},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2011},
pages={390-393},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003336103900393},
isbn={978-989-8425-49-2},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - VIRTUAL BIOLOGY EXERCISE FOR THE ACTIVE LEARNING OF MENDELIAN GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT OF KEY COMPETENCES
SN - 978-989-8425-49-2
AU - Puhek M.
AU - Šorgo A.
PY - 2011
SP - 390
EP - 393
DO - 10.5220/0003336103900393