Thinking Evolutionarily: Making Biology Education Make SenseBoard on Life Sciences
End: October 26, 2011
Carnegie Institution for Science Washington DC
On October 25-26, 2011, the National Research Council?s Board on Life Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences held a convocation at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC that launched a national initiative to infuse evolutionary science into introductory college courses in the life sciences and upper-level biology courses in high schools across the United States. The convocation featured invited speakers and panelists, and participant discussion sessions.
This event will enable educational leaders, members of professional scientific societies, and members of other scientific and science education organizations to develop a strategic plan that will develop a national database of resources from disciplines across the life sciences to help faculty make evolutionary science a central focus of introductory biology survey courses and other courses across the life sciences curriculum. Click here for further details about the convocation.
Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event
Evolution is the central, unifying theme of biology—yet today, more than a 150 years since Charles Darwin proposed the idea of evolution through natural selection, the topic is still relegated to a handful of chapters in textbooks and a few class sessions in introductory biology courses. In some high school and undergraduate courses, evolution is not covered at all. In recent years, increasing numbers of research scientists, educators, an... More >>