Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science
Working Group on Teaching Evolution, Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences
National Academies Press, Apr 6, 1998 - Education - 150 pages
Today many school students are shielded from one of the most important concepts in modern science: evolution. In engaging and conversational style, Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science provides a well-structured framework for understanding and teaching evolution.
Written for teachers, parents, and community officials as well as scientists and educators, this book describes how evolution reveals both the great diversity and similarity among the Earth's organisms; it explores how scientists approach the question of evolution; and it illustrates the nature of science as a way of knowing about the natural world. In addition, the book provides answers to frequently asked questions to help readers understand many of the issues and misconceptions about evolution.
The book includes sample activities for teaching about evolution and the nature of science. For example, the book includes activities that investigate fossil footprints and population growth that teachers of science can use to introduce principles of evolution. Background information, materials, and step-by-step presentations are provided for each activity. In addition, this volume:
Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science builds on the 1996 National Science Education Standards released by the National Research Council--and offers detailed guidance on how to evaluate and choose instructional materials that support the standards.
Comprehensive and practical, this book brings one of today's educational challenges into focus in a balanced and reasoned discussion. It will be of special interest to teachers of science, school administrators, and interested members of the community.
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Review: Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of ScienceUser Review - Ren - Goodreads
Used for several activities on the nature of science and evolution - the dots lab was particularly good. Others were a bit more advanced than middle school, but the initial writing was also a useful text to excerpt and share as classroom readings. Read full review
Why Teach Evolution?
THE CHALLENGE TO TEACHERS
Major Themes in Evolution
TEACHING ABOUT THE NATURE OF SCIENCE
Evolution and the Nature of Science
TEACHING EVOLUTION THROUGH INQUIRY
Evolution and the National Science Education Standards
Frequently Asked Questions About Evolution and the Nature of Science
Selecting Instructional Materials
Six Significant Court Decisions Regarding Evolution and Creationism Issues
Excerpt from Religion in the Public Schools A Joint Statement of Current Law
Three Statements in Support of Teaching Evolution from Science and Science Education Organizations
References for Further Reading and Other Resources
Activities for Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science