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Making Connections

Anna Thanukos and Judy Scotchmoor

in Evolution Challenges

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730421
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730421.003.0018
Making Connections

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This chapter explores ways that learners’ perceptions of evolution and their perceptions of the nature and process of science may be intertwined. Literature from relevant research in cognitive psychology related to this connection is reviewed. The chapter also examines how misconceptions about the nature and process of science relate to both the learning and acceptance of evolution. The chapter also describes one effort, the Understanding Evolution website, to address public understanding of evolution and the nature of science. The description focuses on the design and goals of the website and evaluates the effectiveness for teaching and learning about evolution.

Keywords: understanding evolution; misconceptions; nature of science; evolution acceptance; evolution understanding; teaching evolution; learning evolution

Chapter.  7750 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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