Darwinian and Lamarckian Models Used by Students and Their Representation

  • Maria Pilar Jimenez Aleixandre
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 148)


As a part of a larger study on the learning of natural selection by secondary school and university students, an attempt was made to identify conceptions that belong to the Darwinian model, taught in school science, and the Lamarckian model, the alternative view most widely used by students. This paper focuses on the different conceptions that make part of the frameworks used for explaining biological change, and the way they are related or structured. These relations are represented here as conceptual maps, intended to be used as tools in instruction and teacher training.


Knowledge representation Natural selection Conceptual maps Students’ ideas Functional knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Pilar Jimenez Aleixandre
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  1. 1.Department of Didactica das Ciencias ExperimentaisUniversidade de Santiago de CompostelaSantiagoSpain

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