Promoting students' learning in genetics with the learning cycle

Dogru-Atay, Pinar
Öztekin, Ceren
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P. Dogru-Atay and C. Öztekin, “Promoting students’ learning in genetics with the learning cycle,” JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL EDUCATION, pp. 259–280, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: