EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2013
Evolving: Using science fiction to engage students in evolutionary theory
Evolutionary biology is not well-understood by a majority of the population. Many misperceptions and misconceptions exist as well as outright resistance to the theory. Various teaching and learning strategies have been tried in an attempt to involve students in exploring the theory, with mixed results. The use of science fiction to engage students in this area has been sparse, and virtually no quantitative assessment of learning with the method has been done. Using Origins, an anthology based on evolution, we created an interdisciplinary teacher’s resource manual that will be offered free to teachers. This paper examines some of the difficulties biology teachers face in the classroom. It also explores the importance and benefit of interdisciplinary thinking and the significance of stories on student thinking. Future research opportunities are considered.
How to cite this article:
Rohrbacher, C. (2013). Evolving: Using science fiction to engage students in evolutionary theory. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 5(1), 51-60.