A Three-Step Method for Teaching the Principles of Evolution to Non-Biology Major Undergraduates Authors
Curriculum and Education Article
First Online: 18 December 2010 DOI:
Cite this article as: Smith, C.M. Evo Edu Outreach (2011) 4: 293. doi:10.1007/s12052-010-0296-z Abstract
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).
Keywords Teaching evolution Undergraduate instruction Pedagogy References
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