Flipping the Classroom A recent trend in science education that makes the classroom learner-centered as oppsed to teacher-centered. This typically gives students more responsibility for understanding the textbook material on their own. Overall, the pedagogy of Genetics, Analysis & Principles, fifth edition, has been designed to foster student learning. Instead of being a collection of “facts and figures,” the text is intended to be an engaging and motivating textbook in which formative assessment allows students to move ahead and learn the material in a productive way.
Formative Assessment A large part of Flipping the Classroom, Foramative Assessment allows students to gauge how well they are mastering the material. Formative Assessment is provided in multiple ways:
Chapter Organization Many chapters have been divided into more sections that are shorter in length allowing students to see the big picture of each topic while also providing more formative assessment.
Two NEW Chapters Although the overall length of the fifth edition is no longer than the previous edition, two new chapters have been added: Chapter 16. Eukaryotic Gene Regulation II: Epigenetics and Regulation at the RNA Level; and Chapter 17 Genetics of Viruses.
LearnSmart and SmartBook Offered for the first time in Genetics! LearnSmart is an integrated feature of Connect and provides students with a GPS (Guided Path to Success) in the course. Using artificial intelligence, LearnSmart intelligently assesses a student's knowledge of course content through a series of adaptive questions and maps out a personalized study plan for success. SmartBook engages students with a personalized reading experiences, highlighting what content the student needs to study by identifying what they know, what they don't know and what they are most likely to forget.
Art Program! Every illustration has been rendered with four goals in mind:
1. Completeness - For most figures, it should be possible to understand an experiment or genetic concept by looking at the illustration alone.
2. Clarity - The figures have been extensively reviewed by students and instructors. This has helped avoid drawing things that may be confusing or unclear.
3. Consistency - Recurring elements and colors have all been coordinated to provide a consistent art program.
4. Realism - An important goal of the second edition has been to make each figure as realistic as possible. For example, when drawing macroscopic elements (e.g. fruit flies, pea plants, etc.), the illustrations have been based on real images, not on cartoon-like simplifications.
Unifying theme - the relationship between genes and traits - appears throughout the text and reinforces the relationship between abstract concepts and concrete physical expressions. This theme is called out with blue type in several figure legends in each chapter
Classic experiments in transmission and molecular genetics are highlighted in each chapter, with a strong emphasis on the scientific method. In each chapter 1-2 experiments are broken into five steps: Background observations, the Hypothesis, Testing the Hypothesis, the Data, and Interpreting the Data (denoted with gold bars).
Conceptual and experimental themes are used in text discussions (see Testing the Hypothesis sections in each chapter) and end-of-chapter material (both in chapter summaries and problem sets)
Problem sets are broken into three parts.
1. Conceptual questions test students' understanding of basic genetic principles.
2. Experimental questions test their ability to analyze data, design experiments, and appreciate the relevance of experimental techniques.
3. Student discussion/collaboration questions