Recombinant DNA, an abstract subject of the Biology curriculum, if not properly addressed by teachers, can lead to a distorted understanding of its technical, social and ethical implications. This work aimed to investigate the theme of recombinant DNA in the syllabus of a Teacher Training Course in Biological Sciences from a public university located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and to know the methodology used to teach the theme. In the research, we opted for the analysis of the syllabus that make up the course at the institution and the use of interviews with ten fourth-year undergraduates and with a professor who teaches the discipline of molecular genetics. The results revealed that of the five syllabuses that mention issues related to recombinant DNA, one discipline had been taught in the last five years. The main teaching resources pointed out by the research participants were book, film and website. Most classes on the subject were expository, with the use of slides, illustrations, articles, texts, videos and demonstrative practices.
Teacher Education; Recombinant DNA technology; Genetics Teaching