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ERIC Number: EJ962394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Teaching and Learning Evolution: Testing the Principles of a Constructivist Approach through Action Research
Oliver, Mary
Teaching Science, v57 n1 p13-18 Mar 2011
A tenth grade class in an international school studied evolution for four weeks as part of the study of Biology. A diagnostic test was used to determine the main misconceptions students have as they come to the study of evolution. This was followed by a series of explorations of different conceptual models to account for evolution, structured activities requiring group work to solve evolutionary problems, interviews with students, and open ended questions before the semester examination. The teacher researcher collected data from the interviews, group exercises and open ended questions as an attempt to follow the progression of learning. Students do not readily assimilate the new scientifically accepted models for evolution, as their individual written responses to questions demonstrated. However, timely intervention using questions can be used by teachers to remind students about using scientifically plausible conceptual frameworks. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia