Elementary Students Exploring Genetic Engineering Education


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The purpose of this study was to introduce a basic understanding of the advancement in contemporary genetic engineering to elementary students. Participants were sixteen elementary students attending a local summer program. Guided inquiry and hands-on activities with 5 E Instructional Model were incorporated as enrichment science activities for the summer program. The study addressed students’ understanding of underlying concepts through elaboration, explanation, and evaluation. A few students understood the content well enough to describe future advancements for genetic work not previously discussed while others struggled to fathom the concepts in general. For further study, a unit plan on genetic engineering education rather than 2-days lesson plan is recommended with pre-during-post assessments along with embedded formative and summative assessments.

Session Recording

STEMS² Pillars: Aʻo


June 25th, 2020, 10:30am–11:30am HST

Location: STEMS² Symposium Room 2

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    Mamta Singh
    Lamar University
  • Anna Carter
    Lamar University