This feature provides links to students to real-world scientific research. For example, in a study on Down’s syndrome a link is provided to an article on genetics research from Case Western Reserve university. Another link provides a definition of Down’s syndrome from the National Down Syndrome Society web pages. There are also links to real science labs, with descriptions of staff, research agenda, etc.
The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
This feature promotes the authenticity of student work by connecting the student to real world research and information on a scientific topic. Instead of providing the student with a watered down definition within the activity, the links connect the student in a guided manner to the actual world of science and health online. Besides giving students more authentic data to work with, the feature also indirectly enculturates students to appreciate the value of ‘going to the source’ and finding the latest scientific information on the web.
Context of Use:
This feature is part of a TELS project called Mitosis and Meiosis? (#16184)