BIOLOGY EDUCATION STUDENTS’ MENTAL MODELS ON GENETIC CONCEPTS

TitleBIOLOGY EDUCATION STUDENTS’ MENTAL MODELS ON GENETIC CONCEPTS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsJalmo, T, Suwandi, T
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume17
Issue3
Start Page474-485
PaginationContinuous
Date PublishedJune/2018
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersE-ISSN 2538-7138
Keywordsdrawing-writing test, genetic concepts, Mental Models
Abstract

This research aims to explore the concept of mental model of students about genetic concepts through drawing-writing test. The participants were 85 students of Biology Education at University of Lampung, which has taken genetics course. Mental model of students was categorized into five levels (levels 1-5) based on coding framework which was adapted from Kose (2008) and Saka et al. (2006). The results showed that the most dominant mental models found in each concept through drawing-writing test (D/W) respectively were D3/W3 (drawings with misconceptions/partial understanding with alternative conceptions) on the concept of "genetic materials", D2/W2 (non-representational drawings/alternative conceptions) on the concept of "heredity", D2/W3 (non-representational drawings/partial understanding with alternative conceptions) on the concept of "gene expression", D2/W3 (non-representational drawings/partial understanding with alternative conceptions) on the concept of "gene regulation in metabolic processes", and D1/W2 (no understanding/alternative conception) on the concept of "gene regulation of the growth and development of an organisms". The results indicated that drawing-writing test can be used in probing the learning difficulties and misconseption on genetics.

URLhttp://oaji.net/articles/2017/987-1529509132.pdf
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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