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Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Surveys reveal that many in our society have an inadequate and inaccurate understanding of evolution (Alters & Alters, 2001). Much of this can be traced directly to popular misconceptions about the nature of science. This, in turn, can be linked to misrepresentation by those opposed to evolution, although inadequate or ineffective treatment by ill prepared teachers can also be a contributing factor. Teachers must do all they can to correct this; otherwise we all lose many of the potential benefits that can come from a more scientifically literate society. The program proposed in this article is built around a novel sequence of topics--using a series of classroom-tested interactive lessons--effectively minimizing conflict while students come to recognize many misconceptions and to understand why evolution is considered one of the strongest of scientific theories (Nelson, 2000). Due to its natural, logical, problem-solving and non-threatening nature, this approach will work well with any biology course at any secondary or undergraduate level.