This Special Edition of the McGill Journal of Education
(vol. 42, no.2) is freely available online. In its preface,
the editors, Jason Wiles of McGill University and Anila Asghar
of Johns Hopkins University write:
and click on the ABSTRACT or PDF link to the right of each title desired.
Further excerpts from the editorial include:
Three themes are emphasized: "the need for improved teacher training in pedagogical techniques and content knowledge with regard to evolution, the need for effective classroom tools for teaching evolution, and the need to confront specific issues related to social controversies surrounding evolution education."
Contributor Randy Moore summarizes the "reports from students in university classrooms, of what was taught about evolution in the high schools they attended." Brian Alters focuses on "research exploring the attitudes and understandings of pre-service elementary school teachers with regard to evolution [finding] that while their knowledge of evolutionary science is generally rudimentary at best, there is wide variation among these future teachers as to their intentions for teaching about evolution..."
Articles by Robert Pennock, Judy Scotchmoor & Anastasia Thanukos, and Jeff Dodick discuss several new resources for teaching evolution. Glenn Branch praised one book as being a useful handbook for "any instructor who teaches any aspect of evolution at the post-secondary level." Andrew Petto shares his review of another book he claims "might be revolutionary with regard to implications about how and what we teach about evolution."
Nelson (one of the three co-directors of ENSI) "stresses
the importance of addressing students'
To read the online articles, go to http://mje.mcgill.ca/issue/view/54, and click on the ABSTRACT or PDF link to the right of each title desired.
Here is the Table of Contents for the volume:
Evolution Education McGill J of Ed
CANADIAN PRE-SERVICE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS' CONCEPTIONS OF
BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION EDUCATION / CONCEPTIONS
DES FUTURS ENSEIGNANTS CANADIENS À L'ÉLÉMENTAIRE
SUR L'ÉVOLUTION BIOLOGIQUE ET L'ENSEIGNEMENT DE L'ÉVOLUTION
LEARNING EVOLUTION AND THE NATURE OF SCIENCE USING EVOLUTIONARY
COMPUTING AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE / APPRENDRE L'ÉVOLUTION
ET LA NATURE DES SCIENCES AU MOYEN DU CALCUL ÉVOLUTIONNISTE
ET DE LA VIE ARTIFICIELLE Abstract PDF
BUILDING AN UNDERSTANDING OF EVOLUTION: AN ONLINE RESOURCE
FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING / DÉVELOPPER UNE COMPRÉHENSION
DE L'ÉVOLUTION : UNE RESSOURCE EN LIGNE POUR L'ENSEIGNEMENT
ET L'APPRENTISSAGE Abstract PDF
UNDERSTANDING EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK
OF GEOLOGICAL TIME / COMPRENDRE LE CHANGEMENT ÉVOLUTIF
AU SEIN DE LA STRUCTURE DU TEMPS GÉOLOGIQUE
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE "TEACH THE CONTROVERSY"
SLOGAN? / EN QUOI LE SLOGAN « ENSEIGNER LA CONTROVERSE
» POSE T'IL LE PROBLÈME ? Abstract PDF
THE PLAUSIBILITY OF LIFE: RESOLVING DARWIN'S DILEMMA (By: Marc W. Kirschner & John C. Gerhardt) Reviewed by: Andrew J. Petto