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ERIC Number: EJ863725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Spork & Beans: Addressing Evolutionary Misconceptions
Burton, Stephen R.; Dobson, Christopher
American Biology Teacher, v71 n2 p89-91 Feb 2009
They are found at picnics and family outings, apparently attracted by the food provided at these events. Large populations in fast food establishments further support their association with food. Yet little is known about the biology of "Utensilus plastica" (common name: plastic eating utensil). The authors have conducted an in-depth study of this easily overlooked species and discovered that it possesses a number of characteristics which make it an excellent model organism for exploring natural selection and evolution in the classroom. In this article, the authors briefly describe a basic lesson that follows the 5E (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate), a format that adopts a constructivist model of learning, and then address a number of documented misconceptions regarding evolution with a fun and easy inquiry-based activity. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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