Archive for October, 2016

Which way did Jack Chick go?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

This just in: Jack T. Chick, the author and publisher of numerous fundamentalist cartoon tracts, died on October 23, 2016, at the age of 92.

(Picture not a Chick tract but inspired by him …)

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Crowdfunding a human evolution lab for schools

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

skulls-classHere is an effort to research what tools are needed by teachers to effectively educate students about human evolution. They’re crowdfunding to get the needed materials for the study. Consider chipping in if you can. What are essential factors that make for an effective teacher delivery of a cutting-edge human evolution lab?

It is often difficult for high school biology teachers to effectively teach human evolution because they miss the tools to do so. We have developed an inquiry-based lab where students investigate human evolution measuring hominid skull replicas. We published research showing how this lab works and what learning outcomes it produces. Now we need to test the how we can enable teachers to effectively deliver the course. A cohort of 20 teachers will tell us what worked.