Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Policy and Leadership

First Advisor

Whipp, Joan

Second Advisor

Colton, Shannon

Third Advisor

Howes, Ruth


There has been a recent explosion of attention paid to controversial topics in biological sciences. Public debates surround the development of recombinant DNA technologies including agricultural and pharmaceutical products, cloning, stem cell research, the Human Genome Project and DNA "fingerprinting." These cases of biomolecular genetics have spurred concern around the ethics and safety of these methods. To understand these topics and to accurately inform policy-making strategies, an increased literacy in the area of biomolecular genetics is essential for the general population. Therefore, it is essential to understand how people may improve their literacy, or more specifically, their bioliteracy, of this topic...



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