Towards a More Humane Genetics Education

Recruitment Opportunity

We are happy to announce that we are currently recruiting for two new studies regarding our Humane Genetics curriculum. Previous studies have shown that the Humane Genetics curriculum is effective at reducing racial bias in students at the middle school and high school levels, while increasing their knowledge of population genetics and how complex human traits develop. These two new studies are about increasing the effectiveness of different versions of our curriculum. Both studies will begin in the 2023-24 school year and are described in more detail below. Teachers have the opportunity to choose to participate in either of the two studies, but they will only be selected for one study.

Study #1

Teachers who participate in this study will receive a stipend of $200 for implementing the experiment in their classroom. We will select between 20-30 teachers for this study. Teachers who participate in this study will have priority in future studies and professional developments related to Humane Genetics.

Study #2

Teachers in this study will participate in a two-year experiment. In the first year (2023-24), we will survey your students before and after their business as usual genetics curriculum, with a third, delayed post-test survey 4-8 weeks after the end of their genetics unit. Each survey should take between 20-40 minutes for students to complete. Those students will then be provided with an online Humane Genetics lesson after a study debrief has occurred. The following summer (2024), participating teachers will participate in a 5-day professional development institute conducted online that explores how to implement the Humane Genetics curriculum. This curriculum is a full unit of nine classroom-based lessons that takes approximately 3 weeks to complete. Then, in the following academic year (2024-25), those teachers will implement the Humane Genetics curriculum in their classrooms, and their students will be surveyed before the unit, after the unit, and once more 4-8 weeks later. Teachers participating in this study will receive a stipend of $700 for their time in the professional development institute. The diagram below provides a summary of the study design.

We will select between 45-75 teachers to participate in study two. Teachers who are not selected for participating in study two during the 2023-24 school year will be given the chance to begin study 2 during the 2024-25 school year. Additionally, interested teachers who cannot participate in the 2023-24 school year will be prioritized for selection into the study beginning in the 2024-25 school year.