Academic journal article The Science Teacher

EVO Teachers Guide: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

EVO Teachers Guide: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution

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EVO Teachers Guide: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution

By Rodger W. Bybee and John Feldman

$15.95. 74 pp. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA. 2012.

ISBN: 9781936137343

These 10 lessons complement the DVD of the same name and sold separately. Each lesson is tied to a video segment of about 8-15 minutes. Four major themes unite the lessons: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity, Natural Selection, Adaptation, and Biodiversity and Human Effects.

Bybee's introduction outlines the reasons to teach evolution, including the fact that evolution is the cornerstone theory of modern biology, and that students, in considering whether to get the next flu shot, will have practical knowledge as well. He notes the controversy around discussions of evolution and, in fact, one lesson is devoted to examining the conflict. The objective of the lesson is to have students learn to listen to multiple viewpoints, though it is hoped that the emphasis would be placed on distinguishing scientific evidence from personal belief. The lessons are clearly written and are in the 5E model. A brief explanation of the 5E model is given for those not familiar with the format. …

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