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ERIC Number: EJ1000767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Creative Natural Selection
Clary, Renee; Wandersee, James
Science Scope, v36 n2 p36-43 Oct 2012
In the authors' science classrooms, students respond favorably and with more enthusiasm when they engage them with doing activities and building their own connections, as opposed to simply listening to or reading about the important concepts. Creative activities are important in science classrooms because creativity is not only an integral component for knowledge construction but also can make instruction more effective. The authors' own experience demonstrated that creative classroom investigations inspire students and promote effective learning environments. In an attempt to integrate a geological component in a classroom investigation of biological evolution, the authors developed two activities with an interdisciplinary approach that includes the role of the environment. Their activities not only offer alternatives for addressing the mechanism of natural selection, but they also have been affirmed by their students as their classroom favorites. The authors like to think that they "evolved through their students' natural selection processes." (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A