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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 822104–112 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.2.104
Published: 01 February 2020
... the basic concepts and address common student misconceptions about evolution. We present two paired activities that allow students to (1) explore the processes of natural selection in a direct and experiential way and (2) address common misconceptions in evolutionary theory. The first activity, the...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2020; 822114–119 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.2.114
Published: 01 February 2020
...Delbert S. Abi Abdallah; Christopher W. Fonner; Neil C. Lax; Matthew R. Babeji; Fatimata A. Palé The concepts of evolution and natural selection remain as some of the most challenging topics to teach. The difficulty in teaching these topics arises from the fact that evolution is difficult to...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 81288–95 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.2.88
Published: 01 February 2019
...Karen Lucci; Robert A. Cooper Many students have very robust misconceptions about natural selection, stemming from intuitive theories that form a child's earliest understandings of the natural world. For example, students often imagine that species evolve in response to environmental pressures that...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 812110–114 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.2.110
Published: 01 February 2019
...D. Andrew Crain; Matthew Hale Understanding the theory of natural selection is crucial for any student of biology, but many secondary and postsecondary students struggle with the concepts. We present a novel, engaging exercise to illustrate natural selection through making pancakes. After students...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2019; 812115–119 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2019.81.2.115
Published: 01 February 2019
...Jay Y. S. Hodgson Students often have difficulty understanding the underpinning mechanisms of natural selection because they lack the means to directly test hypotheses within the classroom. Computer simulations are ideal platforms to allow students to manipulate variables and observe evolutionary...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2018; 80292–99 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2018.80.2.92
Published: 01 February 2018
...Wendy R. Johnson; Amy Lark Current reform efforts at all levels of biology education advocate for the integration of science content and practices and emphasize the importance of phenomena-driven inquiry. We describe an instructional sequence for teaching evolution by natural selection that...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2017; 79278 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.2.78
Published: 01 February 2017
... This month we are pleased to feature an “ode to evolution” by Emma Torberg, a student at Oregon State University. You can listen to Emma performing this song accompanied by her ukulele at https://soundcloud.com/emma-tornberg/the-natural-selection-song . Thanks to Lori Kayes, from the OSU Department of...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2017; 792120–127 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.2.120
Published: 01 February 2017
...Sarah Bauer Natural selection is a widely misunderstood yet critical element to understanding evolution, a concept already fraught with controversy and challenges to its instruction. This necessitates creative methods to improve student learning in this area. A constructivist mini-unit...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2017; 79291–94 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2017.79.2.91
Published: 01 February 2017
... action research, a science educator and a biology faculty member examined how the CINS (Concept Inventory of Natural Selection) could be incorporated into the biology faculty member's classroom instruction. This paper shows that biology faculty members can use assessment instruments to build in-class...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2016; 782155–162 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2016.78.2.155
Published: 01 February 2016
... “Fossils, Genes, and Embryos.” Students analyze fossil data from a rich stickleback deposit in Nevada, documenting the evolution of pelvic spine reduction in a preserved population, and then use Hardy-Weinberg analysis to explore the role of natural selection in this type of evolutionary event. Finally...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2015; 776470 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.6.470
Published: 01 August 2015
...Robin E. Bulleri The Course of Nature: A Book of Drawings on Natural Selection and Its Consequences . By Robert Pollack and Amy Pollack . 2014 . Stony Creek Press . (ISBN 1499122241 ). 111 pp. Paperback. $11.49 © 2015 by National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2015; 772118–125 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.2.7
Published: 01 February 2015
... California Press’s Rights and Permissions Web site at http://www.ucpressjournals.com/reprintinfo.asp . 2015 Molecular evolution mutation natural selection conserved DNA sequences Figure 1. Results of PCR amplification of a variable region from two species of New World primates: owl monkey...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2015; 7716–9 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.1.2
Published: 01 January 2015
...://www.ucpressjournals.com/reprintinfo.asp . 2015 Molecular evolution mutation natural selection References Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K. & Walter, P. (2007). Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5 th Ed. New York, NY: Garland Science. Barrett, L.W., Fletcher, S. & Wilton...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2014; 765312–317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.5.4
Published: 01 May 2014
...Andrea M.-K. Bierema; David W. Rudge One of the key aspects of natural selection is competition, yet the concept of competition is not necessarily emphasized in explanations of natural selection. Because of this, we developed an activity for our class that focuses on competition and provides an...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2014; 764259–264 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.4.8
Published: 01 April 2014
... to gain comfort with the process of natural selection and facilitating inquiry experimentation. The lesson described here uses a free online program, BoxCar2D, to demonstrate evolution by natural selection in a virtual population of cars. Students will be introduced to the principles of evolution and...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2014; 762124–126 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.2.9
Published: 01 February 2014
...Matthew E. Grilliot; Siegfried Harden In 1858, Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection . His explanation of evolution by natural selection has become the unifying theme of biology. We have found that many students do not fully comprehend the process of evolution by...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2014; 762132–136 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.2.11
Published: 01 February 2014
... 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...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2013; 752130–131 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2013.75.2.11
Published: 01 February 2013
...Rebecca M. Price To learn why natural selection acts only on existing variation, students categorize processes as either creative or sorting. This activity helps students confront the misconception that adaptations evolve because species need them. © 2013 by National Association of Biology...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2013; 75296–100 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2013.75.2.5
Published: 01 February 2013
.... Beroukhim, R. (1995). Group selection. [Online.] Available at http://ib.berkeley.edu/courses/ib160/past_papers/beroukhim.html . Borrello, M.E. (2005). The rise, fall and resurrection of group selection. Endeavour , 29 , 43–47. Darwin, C. (1859). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural...
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The American Biology Teacher. 2012; 74292–98 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.2.6
Published: 01 February 2012
...Ross H. Nehm; Elizabeth P. Beggrow; John E. Opfer; Minsu Ha Studies of students' thinking about natural selection have revealed that the scenarios in which students reason evoke different types, magnitudes, and arrangements of knowledge elements and misconceptions. Diagnostic tests are needed that...