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Assessment of the teaching of evolution by natural selection through a hands-on simulation

Assessment of the teaching of evolution by natural selection through a hands-on simulation

Given the expense, time and considerable teacher effort required to perform hands-on activities in the classroom, their consequences for student learning need to be evaluated. This study takes one example of student-active learning, students collecting and analyzing their own data, and asks whether the physical act of collecting data increases students���� learning of natural selection and affects their enjoyment of science activities. On both pre- and post-tests the number of correct responses on multiple choice questions was low in both treatments, although the number of equivocal responses did increase over time. Essay question responses were generally poor and similar across pre- and post-tests in both groups; however, after the simulation, students in the activity group showed... Show More

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