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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (2): 104–112.
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) 82 (2): 114–119.
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) 81 (2): 110–114.
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) 81 (2): 127–132.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Christopher W. Hoagstrom; Lin Xiang; Nicole Lewis-Rogers; Patrice K. Connors; Ami Sessions-Robinson; John F. Mull Active-learning approaches can improve understanding of core biological concepts. We describe a revised hands-on simulation for teaching evolution by natural selection, which focuses on...
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The American Biology Teacher (2019) 81 (2): 88–95.
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) 81 (1): 12–17.
Published: 01 January 2019
... content through the University of California Press's Reprints and Permissions web page, www.ucpress.edu/journals.php?p=reprints . 2019 Evolution evolutionary simulator artificial life A-life Avida Tierra GenePool mutation planet teaching evolution educational app natural selection...
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (2): 124–131.
Published: 01 February 2018
... uses live Trinidadian guppies to teach evolution by natural selection using the VIST ( V ariation, I nheritance, S election, T ime) framework. Our collaborative team included evolutionary biologists and education specialists, and we were able to combine expertise in evolution research and inquiry-based...
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The American Biology Teacher (2018) 80 (2): 92–99.
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) 79 (8): 635–643.
Published: 01 October 2017
... those explanations, or develop a more mechanistic intuition for inheritance and change in the world they see around themselves. Here we put forth all the tools necessary for a class to build a simulation of an evolving population experiencing natural selection from scratch in a Google Docs spreadsheet...
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The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (7): 564–570.
Published: 01 September 2017
... . 2017 animal behavior interspecies interactions predator-prey relationships territoriality antipredator postures aposematic signals “fight or flight” responses taxis kinesis field experiment field data collection abiotic stressors biotic stressors natural selection Figure 1...
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The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (2): 128–134.
Published: 01 February 2017
... alleviate this problem. In this guided investigation of evolutionary mechanisms, students use LEGO bricks to simulate how mutation, migration, genetic drift, and natural selection can affect the evolution of a population. This exercise was undertaken and assessed with college introductory biology students...
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The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (2): 120–127.
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) 79 (2): 91–94.
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) 78 (7): 603–606.
Published: 01 September 2016
... evolution by natural selection, such as predation, mimicry, disease, and effective vaccinations. We use dodgeball to demonstrate frequency dependent selection in a hypothetical predator–prey community, and provide possible extensions into other topics. This activity can be used with biology students in high...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (2): 101–108.
Published: 01 February 2016
... within teaching standards. We review three instruments that can help education researchers and educators undertake this paradigm shift. The instruments assess how biology undergraduates understand three evolutionary processes other than natural selection: genetic drift, dominance relationships among...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (2): 149–154.
Published: 01 February 2016
... article content through the University of California Press's Reprints and Permissions web page, www.ucpress.edu/journals.php?p=reprints . 2016 Natural selection fitness gene flow indirect selection adaptation inbreeding inbreeding depression resource allocation Figure 2. Score card...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (2): 155–162.
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) 77 (8): 608–612.
Published: 01 October 2015
...Madeline K. Strom; Kathleen A. Carroll; Garrett Davis; William Hultman; Tess Kosycarz; Loren D. Hayes Natural selection is a mechanism of evolution that leads to adaptations in species or populations. Phenotypes confer habitat-specific fitness consequences, which could lead to the evolution of...
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The American Biology Teacher (2015) 77 (2): 118–125.
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) 77 (2): 128–133.
Published: 01 February 2015
... in the area. Student 2: I imagine that it is relatively rare that a trait is acted upon by two different selective processes by two relatively similar sources, i.e. natural selection working through the parasitoid flies, and sexual selection working through female crickets. I would...