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Teaching Evolution Across the Curriculum Irene Anne Eckstrand, National Institutes of Health Ida Chow, Society for Developmental Biology. A Short Story…. Is it really possible to delete evolution from the science curriculum by excising one book chapter or applying a sticker?. Evolution
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Is it really possible to delete
from the science curriculum by excising one book chapter or applying a sticker?
is the fundamental
organizing principle of biology
Advanced Placement Tests
Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to
information essential to life processes.
Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
Medical College Admissions Test
Reorganizing around Foundational Concepts
Includes more evolution than in the past (processes that increase genetic diversity)
Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians
Principle: Demonstrate an understanding of how the organizing principle of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of life on earth
Purpose: Begin to develop a roadmap and strategic plan for engaging professional societies and their members in future work to promote teaching evolution across the biology curriculum.
Organizer: Dr. Jay Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication, NAS and NRC
Participants: 83 high school and college teachers, scientists, professional society representatives, funders, advocates
Agenda: Presentations, working groups, panel discussions, conversation time
Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve, Chair
Paul Beardsley, California State Polytechnic University
Ida Chow, Society for Developmental Biology
James Collins, Arizona State University
Irene Eckstrand, National Institutes of Health
Kristin Jenkins, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
Nancy Moran, Yale University
Gordon Uno, University of Oklahoma
Ohio State University
Design and purpose analogous to human action are inherent in the rest of nature.
Nature is goal-oriented.
Apparent purpose of structures and functions deriving from their evolutionary history
They really look more like this – or worse.
Students will learn…
…the importance of evidence in interpreting examples of evolution and medicine.
…how common ancestry relates to the characteristics of living things.
…that natural selection is the only evolutionary mechanism to consistently yield adaptations.
…why variation among humans is distributed geographically.
…that natural selection and common ancestry can explain why humans are susceptible to many diseases.
…how to use data and apply principles of natural selection to explain the relatively high frequency of disease in certain populations.
…how comparisons of genetic sequences are important for studying evolution.
…that the mechanisms of evolution enhance our understanding of health and disease.
First USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, DC – October, 2010
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Society for Human Genetics
American Society of Plant Biologists
Carnegie Institution for Science
Ecological Society of America
National Academy of Sciences
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Center for Science Education
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
National Museum of Natural History
Society for Developmental Biology
Society for the Study of Evolution
Common message on the importance of Thinking Evolutionarily
Central resources site /Compilation of existing materials: working group – Susan Musante (AIBS), Jean Heitz (Bio Directors), Ida Chow (SDB), TBD (ABLE). Additional volunteers?
Professional development for society members: How to integrate evolution concepts into each disciplinary curriculum. Ex: FASEB evolution resources website; Understanding Evolution website; NCSE website; NESCent website
Call to Action!