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ERIC Number: EJ996924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Using the FAR Guide to Teach Simulations: An Example with Natural Selection
Sickel, Aaron J.; Friedrichsen, Patricia J.
American Biology Teacher, v74 n1 p47-51 Jan 2012
Engaging students in a predator-prey simulation to teach natural selection is a common activity in secondary biology classrooms. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how the authors have changed their approach to teaching this activity from a laboratory investigation to a class-constructed simulation. Specifically, the authors drew upon a research-based teaching tool (FAR guide) to help students understand how the simulation is analogous to what happens in nature. Teaching the activity in this way can help students connect the parts of the simulation to four basic components of natural selection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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