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ERIC Number: EJ1156784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
"Animals Don't Just Grow Feathers When They Want To..."
Russell, Terry; McGuigan, Linda
Primary Science, n138 p18-21 May 2015
The short view of inheritance is that it is about what every organism gets from its parents, one generation to the next. Young children appreciate that offspring have strong similarities with their parents. A longer perspective embraces the similarities and diversity in relatives' features; it includes the characteristics of predecessors within and beyond the extended family, to include members of a species going back thousands of generations. In this longer view, the slow but significant changes we call "evolution" make sense. Evolution connects ideas of inheritance from the pool of variation over "deep time" that give rise to evolutionary change as a response to shifting environmental circumstances. From this explanation emerges an elegant and complex way of understanding the world. This article is about the authors sharing some of their insight and research into teaching evolution and inheritance to younger students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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