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.
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
- Finding purpose in evolution education
- It’s time to fix evolution’s public relations problem
- Evolving minds: learning as evolution, evolution as learning
- Education is an evolutionary science, why don’t we teach it that way?
- Transfer of learning in evolution understanding: a challenge not just for students
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.