Evolution education without borders

Can evolution science provide a meaningful and unifying structure for linking student learning across traditional subject areas? A new essay collection is opening a discussion about the purposes and boundaries of evolution education as an interdisciplinary theme for general education.

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From This View of Life, the online magazine of the Evolution Institute

Evolution education has traditionally been confined within the bounds of the biology classroom. This need not be the case and may actually contribute to the persistent challenges in public understanding and acceptance of the science itself. In this collection of essays, curriculum designers Susan Hanisch and Dustin Eirdosh explore the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching evolution as an interdisciplinary science that transcends the boundaries of traditional school subjects. These essays examine the practical, scientific, and cultural aspects of leveraging evolutionary perspectives on the human condition as a centerpiece of interdisciplinary learning across the general education curriculum. By calling for an evolution education without borders, the authors illuminate a new landscape for curriculum design as well as a more integrated approach to supporting the needs of overburdened teachers and students. The collection ends with a call to action: empowering students around the world with the tools for understanding the evolutionary processes that drive learning and school organization such that they can take on authentic leadership roles in evolving the future of education itself. 

Current articles in the collection

We are currently developing plans to host several online forums on the themes covered by the Evolution education without borders essay collection. We are seeking to collaborate with  educators and researchers who are both supportive and critical of the claims above. If you would like to collaborate, please get in touch with Dustin Eirdosh.

Global ESD

Educational innovation and curriculum design, as part of our work within the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Global ESD works internationally to support sustainability education initiatives that connect concepts in human evolution, behavioral ecology, and sustainability science. By linking scientific perspectives on social change with students and classrooms seeking to make the world a better place, our aim is to foster a more global discussion about where we are going in the light of where we all have come from. Global ESD co-founders Dustin Eirdosh and Dr. Susan Hanisch are also researchers within the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.