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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

About this Course 

SESSION 1

SESSION 1: What Is the Nature of Science?

Resources for Session 1

Resources marked with an * are designed to help you teach this topic in your classroom.

Evolution Project Resources

Teacher's Guide

Unit 1: What Is the Nature of Science?* (pdf)

Lessons for Students

Lesson 1: What Is the Nature of Science?*

Videos for Students

 

Isn't Evolution Just a Theory?*

 

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Video Segments

 

Ancient Farmers of the Amazon

 

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Observing Chemical Reactions

 

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TV Series

 

All shows

Other Resources

External Web Links

 

Visual Learning Using Inspiration
http://www.inspiration.com/vlearning/index.cfm
Information on building and using concept maps.

 

Mindjet Visual Thinking
http://www.mindjet.com/
Information on building and using concept maps.

 

IMHC Concept Mapping Software
http://cmap.coginst.uwf.edu/
Free software for concept mapping for non-commercial use.

 

Microsoft Visio
http://www.microsoft.com/office/visio/
Information on building and using concept maps

 

Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science
http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/evolution98/
Online version of very useful NAP publication. Refer to/use Activity 1: Introducing Inquiry and the Nature of Science.

 

Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes
http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb
The ENSI Web site includes many great lesson ideas on the nature of science and evolution.

 

Fungus-growing Ants Use Antibiotic-producing Bacteria To Control Garden Parasites
http://www.botany.utoronto.ca/H-paper_2/index.htm
To learn more about Cameron Currie's research on leaf cutter ants, download and print the pdf of his article from Nature.

Books

 

AAAS, Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

 

Aicken, Frederick. The Nature of Science. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Educational Books, Inc., 1991.

 

Darwin, Charles. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1958.

 

Darwin, Charles. Voyage of the Beagle. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1839 (reprint 1989).

 

Gardner, Martin. Science: Good, Bad, Bogus. Prometheus Books, 1990.

 

Hyerle, David. Visual Tools for Constructing Knowledge. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 1996.

 

Johnson, Cathy. The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. 1997.

 

Mayr, Ernst. The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982.

 

Moore, John. Science As A Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.

 

National Academy of Sciences. Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.

 

National Research Council. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000.

 

National Research Council. National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996.

 

Walker-Leslie, Clare and Roth, Charles. Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You. Storey Communications, Inc., 2000.

 

White, Michael and Gribbin. John. Darwin: A Life in Science. New York: Penguin Books USA, 1997.

Videos

 

Creatures in Crime, 1995. (Available from Amazon.com and Carolina Biological)

 

Galileo: The Challenge of Reason. (Available from Phoenix Learning Group, 1-314-569-0211)

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