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Teleology and Evolution Education

  1. Despite the importance of understanding the mechanism of natural selection for both academic success and everyday decision-making, this concept is one of the most challenging to learn in contemporary science. ...

    Authors: Sarah A. Brown, Samuel Ronfard and Deborah Kelemen

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:12

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Students frequently explain evolutionary processes, such as adaptation, in a teleological way. These teleological explanations may involve goal-directedness, purpose, an external designer or the internal needs...

    Authors: Helge Gresch

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:10

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Teleology is one of the critical aspects of students’ intuitive concepts about living beings and, specifically, their evolution. This cognitive bias imposes a substantial restriction on the process of learning...

    Authors: Leonardo González Galli, Gastón Peréz and Alma Adrianna Gómez Galindo

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:6

    Content type: Curriculum and education

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  4. We describe the ubiquity of teleological language and thinking throughout biology, as a context for understanding how students think about evolution, as well. Examples can be found in molecular biology, physio...

    Authors: A. Werth and D. Allchin

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:4

    Content type: Curriculum and education

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  5. Teleology, explaining the existence of a feature on the basis of what it does, is usually considered as an obstacle or misconception in evolution education. Researchers often use the adjective “teleological” t...

    Authors: Kostas Kampourakis

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:1

    Content type: Review Article

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