From Evolutionary Theory to the History of Life

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From Evolutionary Theory to the History of Life Why has the National Academy of Sciences recommended that evolution be the conceptual framework for teaching biology? The recommendation follows from understanding that curriculum development in science education should be based on the synthesis inherent in scientific paradigms. Scientific paradigms are scientific theories that unite an entire field of scientific study, such as evolution by natural selection in biology and plate tectonics in geology. The practical problem is how to use such theories as the framework for a science curriculum. The first step in solving this problem for biology is recognizing that the history of life on Earth contains the explanation for the origin of every aspect of the living world today. 2 In addition, by using a narrative presentation of the history of life, we automatically set evolution as the framework for teaching biology. In presenting biological knowledge in the chronological framework of the history of life, the
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course BSC BSC1085 taught by Professor Sharonsimpson during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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