ERIC Number: EJ1017279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Six Classroom Exercises to Teach Natural Selection to Undergraduate Biology Students
Kalinowski, Steven T.; Leonard, Mary J.; Andrews, Tessa M.; Litt, Andrea R.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v12 n3 p483-493 Sep 2013
Students in introductory biology courses frequently have misconceptions regarding natural selection. In this paper, we describe six activities that biology instructors can use to teach undergraduate students in introductory biology courses how natural selection causes evolution. These activities begin with a lesson introducing students to natural selection and also include discussions on sexual selection, molecular evolution, evolution of complex traits, and the evolution of behavior. The set of six topics gives students the opportunity to see how natural selection operates in a variety of contexts. Pre- and postinstruction testing showed students' understanding of natural selection increased substantially after completing this series of learning activities. Testing throughout this unit showed steadily increasing student understanding, and surveys indicated students enjoyed the activities.
Descriptors: Evolution, Undergraduate Students, Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Introductory Courses, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Pretests Posttests, Instructional Effectiveness, Misconceptions, Student Surveys
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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