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Exploring the influence of the mass media on primary students’ conceptual understanding of genetics

Donovan, Jenny; Venville, Grady


The new Australian Curriculum ignites debate about science content appropriate for primary school children. Abstract genetics concepts such as genes and DNA are still being avoided in primary school, yet research has shown that, by age 10, many students have heard of DNA and/or genes. Scientific concepts appear in the mass media, but primary students’ exposure to the media and the potential influence it has on their understandings is a neglected area of science education research. This study...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Education 3-13
DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2012.635058
Access Rights: Open Access


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