Evolutionary theory is the foundation of the biological sciences, yet conveying it to General Biology students often presents a challenge, especially at larger institutions where student numbers in foundation courses can exceed several hundred per lecture section. We present a pedagogically sound exercise that utilizes a series of simple and inexpensive simulations to convey the concept of evolution through mutation and natural selection. Questions after each simulation expand student comprehension; a class discussion encourages advanced thinking on mutation and speciation. A final paper requires students to synthesize their learning by summarizing selected papers on these topics. A grading rubric for the papers is included.
Hands-On Laboratory Simulation of Evolution: An Investigation of Mutation, Natural Selection, & Speciation
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Terri J. Hildebrand, Fredric R. Govedich, Bonnie A. Bain; Hands-On Laboratory Simulation of Evolution: An Investigation of Mutation, Natural Selection, & Speciation. The American Biology Teacher 1 February 2014; 76 (2): 132–136. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.2.11
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