Event Details

Tree Reasoning in Evolution Education (TREE) Working Group Meeting
Host:
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Sponsor:
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Location:
Durham, NC
Date(s):
October 18, 2007 - October 20, 2007
Abstract/Description:
Despite the centrality of phylogenetic reasoning to modern biology very little is known about students' use of trees as a coordinating framework for biological knowledge. Evolution education research has historically focused on natural selection misconceptions and has generally failed to explore the development and implications of students' understanding of descent from common ancestry. The Tree Reasoning in Evolution Education (TREE) working group will redress this oversight through activities in three areas: 1) Synthesizing existing scholarly efforts to characterize students' understanding of phylogenetics; 2) Developing a conceptual framework for describing and assessing understanding across areas of tree reasoning; 3) Promoting the development and use of curricular and instructional strategies that emphasize tree reasoning across biology instruction. Taken together, these efforts will advance our understanding of barriers to adopting a phylogenetic perspective, inform future research into student learning about tree reasoning, and provide instructors with high quality resources for improving evolution education.
Host Organization's Web Site:
http://www.nescent.org/eog/EducationInitiatives.php
BioQUEST Staff Attending:
Sam Donovan

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