A Three-Step Method for Teaching the Principles of Evolution to Non-Biology Major Undergraduates
- Cameron M. Smith
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A method for teaching the principles of evolution in a 50-minute lecture for undergraduate non-biology majors is described. The method “unpacks” evolution into three observable, factual occurrences: replication (R, reproduction), variation (V, differences between parent and offspring and siblings), and selection (S, nonrandom differential survival of offspring). This method has been particularly effective in demonstrating to students that evolution is the factual, unintended consequence of three independent phenomena (R, V, S).
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- A Three-Step Method for Teaching the Principles of Evolution to Non-Biology Major Undergraduates
Evolution: Education and Outreach
Volume 4, Issue 2 , pp 293-297
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- Cameron M. Smith (1)
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- 1. Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 97210, USA