EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 2, Issue 1, 2010
Using ‘Evolution for Everyone’ as a guide for new general education courses in evolution
Daniel Tumminelli O’Brien & David Sloan Wilson
An introductory evolution course accessible to students from all academic backgrounds is an important component of a multi-course EvoS program. The success of the “Evolution for Everyone” course developed at Binghamton University makes it a useful model and the EvoS consortium can facilitate the development of similar courses at other campuses, while also allowing flexibility for each instructor. In this article we outline five basic ingredients that make such a course work: 1) introducing the basic principles of evolution; 2) broadly applying them to a variety biological and human-related subjects; 3) emphasizing scientific methodology; 4) conducting in-class research; 5) and encouraging students to pursue scientific inquiries of their own. We describe how these goals are accomplished in our “Evolution for Everyone” course and how the infrastructure of the EvoS Consortium can help facilitate them at other institutions.
How to cite this article:
O’Brien, D. T., & Wilson, D. S. (2010). Using ‘Evolution for Everyone’ as a guide for new general education courses in evolution. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 2(1), 1-11.