Using human evolution to teach evolutionary theory

Besterman, Hugo; La Velle, Linda Baggott
March 2007
Journal of Biological Education (Society of Biology);Spring2007, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p76
Academic Journal
This paper discusses some traditional approaches to the teaching of evolutionary theory at pre-university level, criticising in particular some of the more commonly used models and exemplars. Curricular demands are described and an alternative approach is suggested, using the emerging story of human evolution. Recent discoveries help to illustrate that this is also an active area of research interest. Approaches to discussions of scientific scepticism and also to unpicking and understanding scientific language are suggested to help empower students' engagement with a difficult area of their biological education.


Related Articles

  • Assurance of Learning, "Closing the Loop": Utilizing a Pre and Post Test for Principles of Finance. Flanegin, Frank; Letterman, Denise; Racic, Stanko; Schimmel, Kurt // Journal of Aviation Management & Education;2009, Vol. 1, p1 

    Since there is no standard national Pre and Post Test for Principles of Finance, akin to the one for Economics, by authors created one by selecting questions from previously administered examinations. The Cronbach's Alpha of 0.851, exceeding the minimum of 0.70 for reliable pen and paper test,...

  • It's Time to Overhaul Our Outdated Genetics Curriculum. Dougherty, Michael J. // American Biology Teacher (National Association of Biology Teache;Apr2010, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p218 

    The author reflects on the genetics curriculum that hasn't taken into account the results of genetics research. He believes that the overly simplified curriculum causes students' misconceptions of inheritance, genetic determinism, and the nature of genes. The author suggests that biology and...

  • 1st National Course on Advances in Biological Research Applied to Dermatology under the auspices of The European Society for Dermatological Research.  // Journal of Investigative Dermatology;Apr74, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p476 

    The article focuses on first National Course on Advances in Biological Research Applied to Dermatology under auspices of European Society for Dermatological Research. The course will be held in the lecture theater, Cairoli College, Piazza Cairoli, Pavia, Italy from September 9 to September 13,...

  • UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM REFORMS THAT REVITALIZE THE COMMONS. Bowers, Chet A. // Curriculum & Teaching Dialogue;2006, Vol. 8 Issue 1/2, p99 

    The commons, as historically understood and as they exist today in a more attenuated condition, represent the aspects of the physical environment and symbolic world that are shared in common--that is, shared in the sense that has not been privatized and monetized. The current requirements for a...

  • Challenges to internationalisation in African higher education. Neale-Shutte, M.; Fourie, J. // South African Journal of Higher Education;2006, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p118 

    The paucity of clear, comprehensive and current information about higher education, and internationalisation in African higher education, scratches African countries from contention in both the race within Africa, and the race globally, for quality higher education for the world's mobile...

  • Factors Influencing Choices of Subject Streams of Women in Higher Education: A Pilot Study. Sachdeva, Ashu; Khan, Waseem Ahmed // International Journal of Educational Administration;2011, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p305 

    The pilot study pertaining to the reasons and factors for women choosing particular streams in higher education has been carried out. The factors responsible for women to choose particular streams in higher education has been carried out for the women who are pursuing higher education in various...

  • WHY THE WEST? Bennett, William J. // National Review;5/27/1988, Vol. 40 Issue 10, p37 

    Comments on Stanford University's decision to alter its Western Culture program in the U.S. Background on the Western Culture program; Campaign of pressure politics and intimidation; Replacement of the Western Culture program with the Cultures, Ideas and Values (CIV) course; Reasons cited why...

  • Innovation and Development of Curriculum Reform for Postgraduate Education of Materials Science and Engineering. JING Cainian; LI Yang; WANG Shaohua; ZHAO Linsheng; XU Shubo // Applied Mechanics & Materials;2014, Vol. 631-632, p1365 

    As the highest level of higher education, postgraduate education is an important channel to train high-level innovative talents. The paper mainly analyzed problems which existed in the postgraduate courses system for materials science and engineering, including course structure, content,...

  • Implementation of Bioinformatics in UAE Higher Education Institutions. Loucif, Samia; Al-rajab, Murad // International Proceedings of Computer Science & Information Tech;2012, Vol. 24, p133 

    Bioinformatics has recently emerged in response to the needs to handle large amount of biological data. This new field has not only attracted researchers but several universities have recently adopted bioinformatics in their program curricula as well. This paper investigates the implementation...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics