ERIC Number: EJ939210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
The Evolution of Textbook Misconceptions about Darwin
Rees, Paul A.
Journal of Biological Education, v41 n2 p53-55 2007
Textbooks for GCE Advanced Level Biology have provided over-simplified and inaccurate accounts of Charles Darwin's contribution to the study of evolution over a period of many decades. They have credited him with field skills and insight that he did not possess, and repeated several historical inaccuracies. Darwin's strength was as a synthesiser of information but, at least in his early life, he was not a particularly observant or careful field biologist. The specimens collected on his voyage on "HMS Beagle" were largely identified and analysed by others, but this is rarely acknowledged. This article criticises the historical accuracy of the treatment of Darwin and his ideas in a range of A-level textbooks, and notes a worrying absence of references to Darwin in current A-level Biology specifications and some texts.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Biology, Misconceptions, Evolution, Accuracy, Science Instruction, Science Education History, Science History, Science Education, Scientists, Content Analysis, Advanced Courses, Textbook Content, Textbook Research, National Standards
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom