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Biological Evolution

The Nature of Science and the Study of Biological Evolution

This content resource is used to supplement CTS Section I by providing background knowledge for teachers (as well as high school students)on bilogical evoulution, natural selection, the nature of science, an historical account of Darwin's work, and the nature of evidence and explanations that support scientific theories such as evolution.

Bibliographic Citation: 
BSCS. (2005). The nature of science and the study of biological evolution. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. The book is available at the NSTA bookstore at nsta.org.

Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science

Content and Instructional supplementary information for Sections I and II. An excellent supplement to the National Science Education Standards on biological evolution.

Bibliographic Citation: 
National Academy of Sciences. (1998) Teaching about evolution and the nature of science. Washington DC: National Academy Press. To read the book online: http://books.nap.edu/books/0309063647/html/index.html

Teach Evolution and Make It Relevant

This site can be used to supplement CTS sections I, II, and IV by providing content information about biological evolution and the nature of science and examples of instructional resources. Clicking on "Additional Resources" will provide information on misconceptions associated with biological evolution and the nature of science.

Bibliographic Citation: 
University of Montana, http://www.evoled.org/default.htm

Session 6- Evolution and the Tree of Life

Supplements to CTS: Section I- Scientists from HarvardÌs Museum of Comparative Zoology explore the meaning of species and use a collection of Darwins finches to propose a scenario for how species might evolve through natural selection. A tree of life is introduced as a model that portrays how scientists think life on earth evolved. Section II- Dr. Karen Worth from EDC describes how materials, like the EDC Insights curriculum, can be used to develop early ideas about evolution with elementary students.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Essential Science for Teachers- Life Science. Annenberg/CPB Professional Development Videos at www.learner.org

Middle School Learning in Evolution: Are Current Standards Achievable?

This article can be used with sections II,III, and VI. It examines how and whether it is reasonable, given present circumstances, to expect that middle school students can learn evolution-related ideas in the national and state standards. An instrument is included for pre and post assessment of student ideas.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Beardsley,P. (2004). Middle school student learning in evolution: Are current standards achievable? The American Biology Teacher.66(9), 604-611

Concept Cartoons- Evolution

Several of the concept cartoon assessments on this site can be used with Section IV to elicit student ideas related to biological evolution and compare the ideas your students have with common ideas that emerge from the CTS study. Commentary that accompanies each cartoon describes common misconceptions noted in the research literature.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Anderson, D. and Fisher, K. (2002). San Diego State University College of Sciences <http://www.biologylessons.sdsu.edu/cartoons/concepts.html>

A Modeling Approach to Teaching Evolutionary Biology in High Schools

This paper can be used with CTS section II to examine an inquiry-based approach to teaching evolution by using Darwin's model of natural selection. Examples of student work illustrate students' reasoning.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Passmore, C. and Stewart, J. (2002). A Modeling Approach to Teaching Evolutionary Biology in High Schools. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol. 39 (3). Pp 185-204.
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