It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent that survives. It
is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin
BIOLOGY 702 Teaching Evolution: Online
Course for Teachers
Instructor: Dr. Mildred A. Hoover, Assistant
Professor, Biology Department
Telephone: (978) 542-7905 Office: MH 416
Description: Evolution is one of the most important
and most widely misunderstood concepts in science. This online course helps science teachers and
anyone interesting in learning more about evolution deepen their understanding
of evolutionary concepts.
Prerequisites: BA or BS in a Natural Science and prior
permission of the instructor. Within the
context of this course, students must be prepared to use PowerPoint, Web
Publishing, MSExcel, MSWord, spreadsheets for record keeping and data analysis,
Internet search and retrieval, and abide by copyright laws.
theoretical basis and strategies to improve teaching and learning about
evolution in secondary school classrooms through education technologies.
initiate and develop a scholarly paper about some aspect of teaching
evolution with bibliographic emphasis on primary sources of data.
teaching methodologies and address obstacles to teaching evolution
how student misconceptions about evolution can be raised and addressed
assessment strategies into inquiry-based science lessons
how questions facilitate diverse student thinking about science
how lesson design, instructional strategies, and the learning environment
affect science learning experiences for diverse students
strategies to develop a respectful, productive learning environment.
legal and professional support for teaching evolution
strategies for minimizing conflict about the teaching of and perception of
the idea of evolution by diverse students.
in reflective practices and improving the use of technology in the design