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Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution

Karl S. Rosengren, Sarah K. Brem, E. Margaret Evans, and Gale M. Sinatra

Abstract

This book presents new ideas for why the acceptance and understanding of evolution and related concepts is so difficult for both children and adults. Drawing from diverse fields, the contributors include the foremost researchers and practitioners in the study of children’s cognitive development, science education, teaching of evolution, and the design and evaluation of formal and informal instruction of evolution. The book brings together a unique collection of researchers, educators, and practitioners, who met and discussed many of the ideas incorporated in this volume at regional and natio ... More

Keywords: evolution, evolutionary theory, evolution processes, evolution education, understanding evolution, teaching evolution, science education, biological diversity, cognitive development, cognitive science, natural selection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730421.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl S. Rosengren, editor
Northwestern University

Sarah K. Brem, editor
Arizona State University

E. Margaret Evans, editor
University of Michigan

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SECTION I Folk Theories, Conceptual and Perceptual Constraints

1 “Two-Thousand Years of Stasis”

Susan A. Gelman, and Marjorie Rhodes

2 Trees, Fish, and Other Fictions

John D. Coley, and Tara M. Muratore

4 Teleological Minds

Deborah Kelemen

5 The Promise and Challenges of Introducing Tree Thinking into Evolution Education

Kefyn M. Catley, Laura R. Novick, and Daniel J. Funk

7 Misunderstanding Emergent Causal Mechanism in Natural Selection

Michelene T. H. Chi, Agnieszka Kosminska Kristensen, and Rod D. Roscoe

8 Encountering Counterintuitive Ideas

E. Margaret Evans, Karl S. Rosengren, Jonathan D. Lane, and Kristen L. S. Price

9 Commentary on Section I

Anna Thanukos, Karl S. Rosengren, and E. Margaret Evans

SECTION IIA Epistemological Issues

10 Model-Based Instruction

Clark A. Chinn, and Luke A. Buckland

SECTION IIB Implementing Education in Evolution: Formal Education

15 An Intentional Approach to Teaching Evolution

Sherry A. Southerland, and Louis S. Nadelson

SECTION IIC Implementing Education in Evolution: Informal Education

16 Pattern and Process

Judy Diamond, and Patrick Kociolek

17 Walking Whales and Singing Flies

Judy Diamond, E. Margaret Evans, and Amy N. Spiegel

18 Making Connections

Anna Thanukos, and Judy Scotchmoor

19 Commentary on Section II

Sarah K. Brem, and Gale M. Sinatra