Combining counter-factual history of science with pedagogical research to enhance the genetics curriculum

About the project


Details of the events organised as part of the Genetics Pedagogies Project

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Publications and Presentations

A list of publications and conference presentations related to the project

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The Genetics Pedagogies Project

The Genetics Pedagogies Project, which ran from September 2012 – August 2014, was funded by The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, as part of their ‘Uses and Abuses of Biology’ programme. This innovative project explored the effects on student attitudes and learning of different ways of organising the genetics curriculum.

Experimental course materials

At the core of the project was the making and testing of an experimental curriculum that, taking inspiration from the work of the Oxford biologist W. F. R. Weldon (1860-1906), stressed the role of developmental and environmental contexts in modifying the effects of genes (as against the usual stress on “gene for” Mendelism). Under Publications and Presentations you will find the course document provided to the students and the hand-outs for the lectures. Under Lectures you will find the annotated PowerPoint slides used for the lectures.


On the Events page you will find details of the mid-project workshop and end-of-project conference organised as part of the Genetics Pedagogies Project, including videos of the keynote address by Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller (MIT) and other conference presentations.

For further details of the project, please contact Greg Radick at