Event Title

Revealing Misconceptions in Evolution to Better Teach Biology

Faculty Advisor

Edgar Lehr

Graduation Year

2020

Location

Center for Natural Sciences

Start Date

4-4-2020 2:00 PM

End Date

4-4-2020 3:00 PM

Description

Using diverse literature analysis and a compilation of field experience, this paper focuses on how common misconceptions of evolution can be revealed through scientific facts. The controversial history tied with teaching evolution in high schools will be unraveled in order to find the most common misunderstandings. These can include the “goals” of evolution, humans having evolved from chimps, individuals evolving within their lifetime, and evolution being only a theory. This paper will address these common misbeliefs that circulate at high schools among students and teachers, and will highlight the importance of a competent evolutionary education in the classroom. Evolutionary misconceptions can be used to design lesson plans that align with U.S-accepted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and focus on building biological literacy.

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Revealing Misconceptions in Evolution to Better Teach Biology

Center for Natural Sciences

Using diverse literature analysis and a compilation of field experience, this paper focuses on how common misconceptions of evolution can be revealed through scientific facts. The controversial history tied with teaching evolution in high schools will be unraveled in order to find the most common misunderstandings. These can include the “goals” of evolution, humans having evolved from chimps, individuals evolving within their lifetime, and evolution being only a theory. This paper will address these common misbeliefs that circulate at high schools among students and teachers, and will highlight the importance of a competent evolutionary education in the classroom. Evolutionary misconceptions can be used to design lesson plans that align with U.S-accepted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and focus on building biological literacy.