Fermilab LInC Online

Genetics, Genomics, and Genethics

Unit Description before LInC



Participant Pages


Index of Projects


Grade Level:  Middle and High School biology teachers

Subject:  Biology-- genetics, genomics, and ethics

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Become familiar with current ethical issues in the fields of genetics and genomics.
  2. Begin communicating with other participants in the Woodrow Wilson  2001 Biology Institute.

Student Task: Choose a book from a given list and submit a brief book report to the 2001 Biology Institute list serv.

Teacher Role: The facilitator compiles a list of books pertaining to genetics, genomics, and ethics. He or she sends this list to participants and asks them to write a brief book report, keeping in mind a series of guiding questions. 

Grouping: Participants would work in pairs or small groups.  Groups would decide by themselves how to divide tasks.  

Hook: The facilitator sends participants an email, welcoming them to the 2001 Biology Institute.  The email describes some of the projects participants will engage in during the institute and encourage everyone to prepare themselves for these endeavors.

Student-Directed Learning: Participants may choose the book they review, as well as the small groups in which they work.

Use of Technology: An email list serv is the primary mode of communication among participants and facilitator.

Assessment: Book reports would be assessed by the facilitator based on how well they describe the ethical issues brought out in the selected book.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Deborah Engel-DiMauro
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/genethics/pre.html