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Title: Beyond textbook illustrations: Hand-held models of ordered DNA and protein structures as 3D supplements to enhance student learning of helical biopolymers
Authors: Karnyupha Jittivadhna
Pintip Ruenwongsa
Bhinyo Panijpan
Mahidol University
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2010
Citation: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. Vol.38, No.6 (2010), 359-364
Abstract: Textbook illustrations of 3D biopolymers on printed paper, regardless of how detailed and colorful, suffer from its two-dimensionality. For beginners, computer screen display of skeletal models of biopolymers and their animation usually does not provide the at-a-glance 3D perception and details, which can be done by good hand-held models. Here, we report a study on how our students learned more from using our ordered DNA and protein models assembled from colored computer-printouts on transparency film sheets that have useful structural details. Our models (reported in BAMBED 2009), having certain distinguished features, helped our students to grasp various aspects of these biopolymers that they usually find difficult. Quantitative and qualitative learning data from this study are reported. © 2010 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
ISSN: 15393429
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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