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The case for including epigenetics in the school science curriculum and trainee science teachers’ views about its implications for society

The case for including epigenetics in the school science curriculum and trainee science teachers’ views about its implications for society
The case for including epigenetics in the school science curriculum and trainee science teachers’ views about its implications for society
The rapidly growing field of epigenetics is now beginning to reveal how our genes are affected by environmental factors such as nutrition, exercise and stress. As it has such profound effects on our everyday lives, this article argues for the inclusion of epigenetics in the compulsory school science curriculum, and explores trainee science teachers’ knowledge about epigenetics and their views on its implications for society. A minority of trainee science teachers surveyed were familiar with the term, but with further discussion they were readily able to engage with social, ethical and health promotion implications relating to epigenetics.
Epigenetics; curriculum; non-communicable diseases; socio-scientific issues
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Grace, Marcus
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Grace, Marcus, Christodoulou, Antri, Godfrey, Keith, Hughes, Carys, Griffiths, Janice and Rietdijk, Willeke (2019) The case for including epigenetics in the school science curriculum and trainee science teachers’ views about its implications for society. School Science Review. (In Press)

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The rapidly growing field of epigenetics is now beginning to reveal how our genes are affected by environmental factors such as nutrition, exercise and stress. As it has such profound effects on our everyday lives, this article argues for the inclusion of epigenetics in the compulsory school science curriculum, and explores trainee science teachers’ knowledge about epigenetics and their views on its implications for society. A minority of trainee science teachers surveyed were familiar with the term, but with further discussion they were readily able to engage with social, ethical and health promotion implications relating to epigenetics.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 April 2019
Keywords: Epigenetics; curriculum; non-communicable diseases; socio-scientific issues

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Local EPrints ID: 431061
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431061
ISSN: 0036-6811
PURE UUID: c6ee9bc8-9730-4339-abda-7a8ddc130494
ORCID for Antri Christodoulou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7021-4210
ORCID for Keith Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618

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Date deposited: 22 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 29 Jun 2019 00:31

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