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Peer Review

Concept Cartoons About Evolution

by Kathleen Fisher


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: May 30, 2009 by Teacher Education
Overview: The site is designed by professors at UCSD. The goal is to promote concepts about evolution and dispel myths that are common. The material is designed for non-biology majors and may be used with pre-service teachers. The material presented is a collection of cartoons that are clear and concise and help to promote understanding.
Type of Material: Collection; quiz
Recommended Uses: This site can be used by high school and college instructors. Students can use this site to help reinforce concepts and as a self check if using the assessment tools provided.
Technical Requirements: Basic technology requirements and Adobe PDF viewer
Identify Major Learning Goals: The learning goals are to: 1. elicit discussion about ideas in evolution. 2. provide assessment tool options. 3. promote understanding of evolution among college non-majors and pre-college classes. 4. dispel misconceptions about evolution.
Target Student Population: Students in middle school and high school grade levels; students in college core courses; teacher candidates majoring in science education for middle school and high school teaching levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Beginning knowledge of evolution

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The material presents valid concepts that help to reinforce knowledge about evolution. The learning object is clear and concise to help promote understanding about evolution. This is material that everyone in the field should know and study. The content is presented in a user friendly manner that make it easy to understand. Each of the 20 cartoons has a link to a page with the correct answer and an explanation of the correct choice and why the other choices were incorrect. There is also a link on the answer page to Biology Lessons Home Page with additional scientific information.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This site meets the learning objectives presented by the designer. The students are presented with cartoons that help to explain concepts about evolution and dispel myths. This may be used by teachers and faculty to help promote bite size information that will help to reinforce concepts. The material is also available to students and it will help to review content. As students advance in their knowledge of biology and evolution (high school and core college levels), they could use the cartoons, the answer page, and the linking biology lessons information. Teacher candidates majoring in science education could use the website as teaching lessons for the students in their practicum classrooms. The cartoon discussions could be whole class or group discussions.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The website has a simple layout and is easy to navigate. The labeled cartoons and linking answer pages are listed in a table on the main page. The Adobe PDF viewer allows the user to select several sizes to view the cartoons. This could be useful for students with special needs.
Concerns: None