ERIC Number: EJ937831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Current Debates on the Origin of Species
McBride, Paul D.; Gillman, Len N.; Wright, Shane D.
Journal of Biological Education, v43 n3 p104-107 2009
Students are rarely presented with a diversity of viewpoints about evolution and its mechanisms. The historical background to evolution normally suffices: Darwin's journey on The Beagle, his concepts of natural selection and common descent, and an outline of Mendel's experiments. With supplementary concepts such as ecological niches and the modes of speciation, we can present a classic picture of neo-Darwinian evolution. However, this picture implies that the principles of evolution have all been deduced, leaving the study of evolution appearing static and historical. In fact, evolutionary mechanisms are investigated more actively than ever, and Darwin's principles continue to be challenged, developed and expanded.
Descriptors: Evolution, Debate, Creationism, Scientific Principles, Investigations, Intellectual History, Persuasive Discourse, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Attitudes, Scientific Methodology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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