ERIC Number: EJ884956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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A Conceptual Analysis of Evolutionary Theory for Teacher Education
van Dijk, Esther M.; Reydon, Thomas A. C.
Science & Education, v19 n6-8 p655-677 Jun 2010
In this paper we present a schematic overview of the central concepts in evolutionary theory, setting them off against the background of widespread misconceptions about them. Our aim is to provide high school teachers with (1) an overview of those particular concepts that they can expect students to have difficulties with, (2) a comparison of students' alternative conceptions with the corresponding accepted scientific concepts and (3) some recommendations for teaching these concepts. We aim to improve the learning and teaching of evolution by making the relevant conceptual debates within the fields of history and philosophy of science more accessible to science teachers. We intended this conceptual analysis to be of use as a teaching tool for in-service teachers, as well as biology teachers in training.
Descriptors: Evolution, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Misconceptions, Teacher Education, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Instructional Materials, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science History, Teaching Methods, Theories, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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