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Evolution ChallengesIntegrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution$
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Karl S. Rosengren, Sarah K. Brem, E. Margaret Evans, and Gale M. Sinatra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730421.001.0001

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Commentary on Section I

Commentary on Section I

Constrained Learning: Reframing the Problem of Evolution Understanding and Implications for Science Education

(p.200) 9 Commentary on Section I
Evolution Challenges

Anna Thanukos

Karl S. Rosengren

E. Margaret Evans

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the content of the first section of the book highlighting factors that influence the acceptance and understanding of evolution. These factors are described as constraints within the child, the specific task, and the broader social-cultural environment. It is argued that some of these constraints may lead to misconceptions, and that discussion of how multiple constraints interact to influence both acceptance and understanding of evolution may help educators design more effective methods for teaching about evolution. Other implications for education drawn from the individual chapters are highlighted.

Keywords:   constraints, evolution acceptance, science education, evolution understanding, misconceptions, educational implications

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