Evolving Evolution Education: 2020 in Review

The educational development team from our department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has been charting a new direction in teaching evolution as an interdisciplinary science for all. See what we've been up to and where we are heading in 2021!

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By Dustin Eirdosh & Susan Hanisch

What should the future of evolution education look like?

What is the role of evolution education within broader
school improvement and educational change efforts?

These are the questions we ask ourselves everyday in our work on the education development projects of the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

2020 has been a year like no other, and despite the global challenges facing our world, we have been able to advance some exciting developments that we hope will be able to grow and spread further in 2021. Because of the wide-ranging scope of this work, we have organized these efforts into a brief and easy-to-read 2020 Year End Report.

Learn more about our work in creating and developing innovative new content directions for students to explore the evolution of human behavior, cognition, and culture. Check in on the progress we are making in supporting a community-based approach to linking the science of cultural evolution to the practices of participatory school improvement efforts. Finally, see how we are working to shape the landscape of evolution education research into the future through networked collaboration and scientific synthesis.

As we have argued previously, some facets of the evolution education community are climbing the wrong mountain by not embracing a more interdisciplinary conceptualization of the core concepts in evolution science. We view our work as rallying leaders and next generation innovators in evolution education to join us in navigating upwards along the new landscape of teaching evolution as the interdisciplinary science that it is. Please join us in the hike!

  • Download the 2020 Year End Report HERE

  • Visit the Educational development pages within the Dept. of Comparative Cultural Psychology at MPI-EVA

Global ESD

Educational innovation and curriculum design, in cooperation with 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. Our work is done in close collaboration with the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Primary contributors to this blog community are Dustin Eirdosh & Susan Hanisch