Towards a More Humane Genetics Education

Publications & Media


Donovan, B. M., Salazar, B., Weindling, M. (2022) How can we make genetics education more humane? Genetics Education for the 21st Century. Springer

Donovan, B. M. (2021). Ending Genetic Essentialism Through Genetics Education. Human Genetics and Genomics Advances3(1), 1–13. 

Donovan, B., & Nehm, R. H. (2020). Genetics and Identity: Introduction to the Special Issue. Science & Education, s11191-020-00180–0. 

Donovan, B. M., Weindling, M., & Lee, D. M. (2020). From Basic to Humane Genomics Literacy. Science & Education29(6), 1479–1511. 

Donovan, B. M., Weindling, M., Salazar, B., Duncan, A., Stuhlsatz, M., & Keck, P. (2020). Genomics literacy matters: Supporting the development of genomics literacy through genetics education could reduce the prevalence of genetic essentialism. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, tea.21670. 0

Stuhlsatz, M. A. M., Buck Bracey, Z. E., & Donovan, B. M. (2020). Investigating Conflation of Sex and Gender Language in Student Writing About Genetics. Science & Education29(6), 1567–1594. 

Donovan, B. M., Semmens, R., Keck, P., Brimhall, E., Busch, K. C., Weindling, M., Duncan, A., Stuhlsatz, M., Buck Bracey, Z., Bloom, M., Kowalski, S., Salazar, B. (2019) Towards a More Humane Genetics Education: Learning about the social and quantitative complexities of human genetic variation research could reduce racial bias in adolescent and adult populations Science Education.

Donovan, B.M., Stuhlsatz, M., Edelson, D.C., Buck Bracey, Z.B. (2019) Gendered Genetics: How reading about the genetic basis of sex differences in biology textbooks could affect beliefs associated with science gender disparities Science Education.

Donovan, B.M. (2018). Looking backwards to move biology education toward its humanitarian potential: A review of Darwinism, Democracy, and Race Science Education.

Donovan, B. M. (2017) Learned inequality: Racial labels in the biology curriculum can affect the development of racial prejudice Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 54(3), 379-411.

Donovan, B. M. (2016). Framing the genetics curriculum to support social justice: An experimental exploration of how the biology curriculum influences students’ beliefs about the racial achievement gap Science Education. 100(3), 586-616.

Donovan, B. M. (2015a). Putting humanity back into the teaching of human biology Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 52, 65-75.

Donovan, B. M. (2015b). Reclaiming race as a topic of the United States biology curriculum Science Education. 99(6) 1092-1117.

Donovan, B. M. (2014). Playing with fire? The impact of the hidden curriculum in school genetics on essentialist conceptions of race Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(4), 462–496.

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Sex and Gender Essentialism in Textbooks


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Majority Of US Biology Textbooks Teach Outdated Ideas About Gender And Sex, Study Finds

NYU News

High School Biology Textbooks Do Not Provide Students with a Comprehensive View of the Science of Sex and Gender

The New York Times

Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?

The New York Times Learning Network

Lesson of the Day: ‘Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?’

Education Week

Genetics Lessons Can Spark Racism in Students. This Change Can Prevent It.

The Atlantic

The Dilemma of Teaching Race in High-School Biology

Learning & The Brain

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ABC Radio National

How racial prejudice can easily appear in classrooms

The Boston Globe

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