Conceptual Profile of Adaptation: A Tool to Investigate Evolution Learning in Biology Classrooms

  • Claudia Sepulveda
  • Eduardo F. Mortimer
  • Charbel N. El-Hani
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 42)


In this chapter, we argue that a conceptual profile of adaptation may be a theoretical-methodological tool for investigations about the understanding of Darwinist explanatory models in the sociocultural sphere of the classroom, when used as a tool for classroom discourse analysis, integrated to the analytical structure developed by Mortimer and Scott (Meaning making in secondary science classrooms. Open University Press, Maidenhead, 2003). We report the process of construction of a conceptual profile model of adaptation, its application to the discursive analysis of episodes of evolution teaching produced in the context of high school biological education, and its improvement through the characterization of ways of speaking about adaptation employed by students and teachers when negotiating meanings around explanations for evolutionary changes. Contributions of this study to the research program on conceptual profiles and its implications to the construction of pedagogical practice in the science classroom are also discussed.


Ontological Commitment Dental Arch Profile Model Organic Diversity Transformational Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Sepulveda
    • 1
  • Eduardo F. Mortimer
    • 2
  • Charbel N. El-Hani
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationState University of Feira de SantanaFeira de SantanaBrazil
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Institute of BiologyFederal University of BahiaSalvadorBrazil

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