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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution
This eight-session professional development course for in-service and pre-service biology teachers is based on the PBS documentary Evolution. It is designed to address the nature of science and how Darwin's development of the theory of natural selection illustrates the process of science, and to deepen teachers' understanding of the theory, evidence and processes of evolution. Also, the course provides strategies for promoting inquiry-based learning about evolution and addressing misconceptions and controversy surrounding the topic. The course uses a variety of multimedia resources and interactive exercises (which can also be used with students), primary source readings and in depth exploration of scientific concepts. Each session provides links to applicable National Science Standards.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Course
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Biology
  • History and philosophy of science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
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Cost / Copyright:
No cost
@2001 WGBH Educational Foundation and Clear Blue Sky Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-255
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Biological evolution
        • Molecular basis of heredity
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
        • Science as a human endeavor
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation/Nova Science Unit

Publisher: Clear Blue Sky Productions, Inc.