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Educators concerned about state official's view of evolution - Tucson News Now


Tucson News Now
The difficulty many teachers have with that view is that they feel intelligent design is based on religion and not science, which is why they say teaching it along-side evolution isn't truly teaching science. They feel it would cause students to miss ...
IFLScience (blog)
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Arizona's schools chief seeks limits on teaching evolution, Big Bang theory - Arizona Daily Star


Arizona Daily Star
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is proposing to eliminate requirements that students be able to evaluate how inherited traits in a population can lead to evolution. Instead, she would replace the word “evolution” with “biological ...

Why do humans have such large brains? Our study suggests ecology was the driving force - The Conversation UK


The Conversation UK
But our new study, published today in Nature, finds evidence against this idea and shows that human brain expansion was likely driven by ecology. Hypotheses for the evolution of the human brain size all agree that brain expansion increased our ability ...
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Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science

Washington - United States

Summarizes the overwhelming observational evidence for evolution and suggests effective ways of teaching the subject for teachers, other educators, and policy makers who design, deliver, and oversee classroom instruction in biology.

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    Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science
    Today many school students are shielded from one of the most important concepts in modern science: evolution. In engaging and conversational style, Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science provides a well-structured framework for understanding and teaching evolution. Written for teachers, parents, and community officials as well as scientists and educators, this book describes how evolution reveals both the great diversity and similarity among the Earth's organisms; it explores how scientists approach the question of evolution; and it illustrates the nature of science as a way of knowing about the natural world. In addition, the book provides answers to frequently asked questions to help readers understand many of the issues and misconceptions about evolution. The book includes sample activities for teaching about evolution and the nature of science. For example, the book includes activities that investigate fossil footprints and population growth that teachers of science can use to introduce principles of evolution. Background information, materials, and step-by-step presentations are provided for each activity. In addition, this volume: -- Presents the evidence for evolution, including how evolution can be observed today. -- Explains the nature of science through a variety of examples. -- Describes how science differs from other human endeavors and why evolution is one of the best avenues for helping students understand this distinction. -- Answers frequently asked questions about evolution. Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science builds on the 1996 National Science Education Standards released by the National Research Council--and offers detailed guidance on how to evaluate and choose instructional materials that support the standards. Comprehensive and practical, this book brings one of today's educational challenges into focus in a balanced and reasoned discussion. It will be of special interest to teachers of science, school administrators, and interested members of the community.

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