Collaboration between two biologists and a physicist resulted in the example of tattooing being used as a motivator to support discussion across several scientific fields (cell biology, microbiology, human health, and physics). Although often viewed as self-destructive and rebellious in the Western world, tattooing has a deep and rich history full of meaning, for example as a rite of passage. Our main objective was to use a culturally relevant topic as a way to increase student engagement and learning while linking biological phenomena and physics. We describe this experience and provide a brief background on how the art and history of tattooing can aid in teaching young biologists.
Drawing on Popular Culture: Using Tattooing to Introduce Biological Concepts
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DorothyBelle Poli, Matthew Fleenor, Matthew Rearick; Drawing on Popular Culture: Using Tattooing to Introduce Biological Concepts. The American Biology Teacher 1 August 2012; 74 (6): 381–385. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.6.5
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