ERIC Number: ED446905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Course in Evolutionary Biology: Engaging Students in the "Practice" of Evolution. Research Report.
Passmore, Cynthia; Stewart, James
Recent education reform documents emphasize the need for students to develop a rich understanding of evolution's power to integrate knowledge of the natural world. This paper describes a nine-week high school course designed to help students understand evolutionary biology by engaging them in developing, elaborating, and using Charles Darwin's model of natural selection. The aspects of evolutionary biology that informed course design are described and the curriculum development is discussed. Three major components of the curriculum implementation--examination of models, elaboration of the Darwinian model, and extension cases--are explored. (WRM)
Descriptors: Biology, Evolution, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Models, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608-263-3605; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/ncisla.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science.