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ERIC Number: EJ1044375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Hands-On Laboratory Simulation of Evolution: An Investigation of Mutation, Natural Selection, & Speciation
Hildebrand, Terri J.; Govedich, Fredric R.; Bain, Bonnie A.
American Biology Teacher, v76 n2 p132-136 Feb 2014
Evolutionary theory is the foundation of the biological sciences, yet conveying it to General Biology students often presents a challenge, especially at larger institutions where student numbers in foundation courses can exceed several hundred per lecture section. We present a pedagogically sound exercise that utilizes a series of simple and inexpensive simulations to convey the concept of evolution through mutation and natural selection. Questions after each simulation expand student comprehension; a class discussion encourages advanced thinking on mutation and speciation. A final paper requires students to synthesize their learning by summarizing selected papers on these topics. A grading rubric for the papers is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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