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ERIC Number: EJ1044263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
EISSN: EISSN-1938-4211
Teaching Evolution through the Hardy-Weinberg Principle: A Real-Time, Active-Learning Exercise Using Classroom Response Devices
Michael S. Brewer; Grant E. Gardner
American Biology Teacher, v75 n7 p476-479 Sep 2013
Teaching population genetics provides a bridge between genetics and evolution by using examples of the mechanisms that underlie changes in allele frequencies over time. Existing methods of teaching these concepts often rely on computer simulations or hand calculations, which distract students from the material and are problematic for those with high math anxiety. We outline an exercise that engages students and provides real-time feedback through the use of classroom response devices. This exercise has been used with success and employs a conceptual-change approach to teach the fundamental, yet often misunderstood, concept of biological evolution.
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Language: English
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