ERIC Number: EJ1156780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
"Why Are There Still Apes if Apes Have Changed into People?"
Russell, Terry; McGuigan, Linda
Primary Science, n139 p22-25 Sep 2015
"Evolution" is an area of the curriculum in which children show great interest and enthusiasm to learn more. They also bring considerable prior (though incomplete) knowledge from their informal "life worlds". Most children have encountered the term "evolution" from an early age and tend to define it in terms of organisms changing over time. One problem is that the changes they refer to are likely to include maturation and individual lifespan growth. They may also point, again mistakenly, to metamorphosis--radical changes in form within one individual organism's lifespan (as in the frog or butterfly)--as an example of evolution. As for the time taken for evolutionary change, this tends to be hugely underestimated. The "Tree of Life" is an extremely useful metaphorical summary of macroevolution, especially when presented multimodally.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science, Visual Stimuli, Freehand Drawing, Childrens Literature, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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