ERIC Number: EJ985485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
The Mating Game: A Classroom Activity for Undergraduates that Explores the Evolutionary Basis of Sex Roles
Moore, Dani; Holbrook, C. Tate; Meadows, Melissa G.; Taylor, Lisa A.
American Biology Teacher, v74 n9 p648-651 Nov-Dec 2012
In species that reproduce sexually, an individual's fitness depends on its ability to secure a mate (or mates). Although both males and females are selected to maximize their reproductive output, the mating strategies of the two sexes can differ dramatically. We present a classroom simulation that allows undergraduates to actively experience how differences in parental investment lead to differences in reproductive behavior. Students will understand why males generally compete for mates whereas females generally choose among mates. The activity provides a foundation for exploring advanced topics in animal behavior, or it can be adapted for introductory biology courses.
Descriptors: Females, Animal Behavior, Biology, Males, Evolution, Undergraduate Students, Simulation, Class Activities, Child Rearing, Selection Criteria, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Sex Role, Scientific Concepts, College Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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