Heredity: Lay Understanding
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Richards, M. P. 2006. Heredity: Lay Understanding. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
There is a general knowledge of inheritance among the lay public that conflicts with scientific Mendelian accounts and may impede the uptake of scientific explanations. There is a strong case for a ‘bottom-up’ approach to genetic education, which takes account of varying needs and interests in genetic knowledge as well as lay knowledge of inheritance.
- lay knowledge;
- public understanding of science;
- Mendelian inheritance