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ERIC Number: EJ775474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
A Scoring Rubric for Students' Responses to Simple Evolution Questions: Darwinian Components
Jensen, Murray; Moore, Randy; Hatch, Jay; Hsu, Leon
American Biology Teacher, v69 n7 p394-399 Sep 2007
The call to teach students Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has been made by a variety of professional organizations. In addition to these national organizations, almost every state has science education guidelines calling for the teaching of evolution. Many administrators and policymakers believe that evolution is being taught, but teachers know that it is far more important that evolution be "learned". Standards and curriculum documents frequently specify what is to be taught, but then provide little help with assessment and evaluation. This paper provides a scoring rubric using the four Darwinian components that will help teachers evaluate students' understandings of biological evolution. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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