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Teaching Evolution Across the CurriculumIrene Anne Eckstrand, National Institutes of HealthIda Chow, Society for Developmental Biology

a short story
A Short Story…

Is it really possible to delete

evolution

from the science curriculum by excising one book chapter or applying a sticker?

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Evolution

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

nas conference oct 25 26 2011
NAS ConferenceOct 25-26, 2011

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

http://nas-sites.org/thinkingevolutionarily/

nas conference
NAS Conference

Organizing Committee:

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

what i learned
What I Learned…

Naïve model

Scientific model

Ross Nehm

Ohio State University

Mixed model

what i learned1
What I Learned…

Teleology

Design and purpose analogous to human action are inherent in the rest of nature.

Nature is goal-oriented.

cause

effect

what i learned2
What I Learned…

Teleonomy

Apparent purpose of structures and functions deriving from their evolutionary history

cause

cause

effect

what i learned3
What I Learned…

Teleonomy

They really look more like this – or worse.

nih curriculum supplement
NIH Curriculum Supplement

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.

coalition of scientific societies
Coalition of Scientific Societies
  • Formed in 2006
  • Purpose: To respond to the challenges of teaching evolutionary science and related subjects in public schools across the United States.
  • Initially composed of 17 scientific societies covering all disciplines: physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, biology, developmental biology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, genetics, biophysics, social sciences, science teachers. Some 20 additional societies joined the Coalition later. National Academy of Sciences worked with the Coalition.
  • Surveys: focus groups and telephone surveys on the voting public’s opinion on evolution and teaching of evolution in public school classrooms.
evolution thought trail1
Evolution Thought Trail

First USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, DC – October, 2010

coalition societies at the evac
Coalition Societies at the EVAC

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

next steps
Next Steps

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

thinking evolutionarily
Thinking Evolutionarily

Suggestions?

Recommendations?

Volunteers?

Call to Action!