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Zurita, Adolfo R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
EvoluZion is a forward-in-time genetic simulator developed in Java and designed to perform real time simulations on the evolutionary history of virtual organisms. These model organisms harbour a set of 13 genes that codify an equal number of phenotypic features. These genes change randomly during replication, and mutant genes can have null,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, Evolution, Science Instruction
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Morabito, Nancy P.; Catley, Kefyn M.; Novick, Laura R. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Evolution curricula are replete with information about Darwin's theory of evolution as well as microevolutionary mechanisms underlying this process of change. However, other fundamental facets of evolutionary theory, particularly those related to macroevolution are often missing. One crucial idea typically overlooked is that of most recent common…
Descriptors: Evolution, Elementary Secondary Education, Biology, Postsecondary Education
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Besterman, Hugo; La Velle, Linda Baggott – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Secondary School Curriculum
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Rees, Paul A. – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Textbooks for GCE Advanced Level Biology have provided over-simplified and inaccurate accounts of Charles Darwin's contribution to the study of evolution over a period of many decades. They have credited him with field skills and insight that he did not possess, and repeated several historical inaccuracies. Darwin's strength was as a synthesiser…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Biology, Misconceptions
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Stern, Luli – Journal of Biological Education, 2004
Evolution by natural selection provides the conceptual framework upon which much of modern biology is based: therefore understanding core ideas about biological evolution is an essential part of scientific literacy. Nonetheless, research repeatedly shows that high school and college students have difficulties understanding the notion of natural…
Descriptors: Evolution, Textbooks, Biology, Scientific Literacy