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A Three-Step Method for Teaching the Principles of Evolution to Non-Biology Major Undergraduates
Evolution: Education and Outreach
  • Cameron M. Smith, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2011
Subjects
  • Evolution -- Study and teaching,
  • Life -- Origin -- Study and teaching
Abstract
A method for teaching the principles of evolution in a 50-minute lecture for undergraduate non-biology majors is described. The method “unpacks” evolution into three observable, factual occurrences: replication (R, reproduction), variation (V, differences between parent and offspring and siblings), and selection (S, nonrandom differential survival of offspring). This method has been particularly effective in demonstrating to students that evolution is the factual, unintended consequence of three independent phenomena (R, V, S).
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This is an open access article. Copyright 2011 by the article author(s). All rights reserved.

The The definitive version was published online at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12052-010-0296-z

DOI
10.1007/s12052-010-0296-z
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/16565
Citation Information
Smith, C. (2011). A Three-Step Method for Teaching the Principles of Evolution to Non-Biology Major Undergraduates. Evolution: Education and Outreach, Volume 4, Issue 2 , pp 293-297.