Variety as the Spice of Education

SimBiotic President Eli MeirIn mid-July, NSF sponsored a conference called Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. They invited several hundred people involved in college biology education to plot out ways of improving biology teaching over the coming decades. There is a bit of hubris in doing this.

Keeping “Discovery” Standard in Informal Science Education

Joel Abraham

Earlier this year, an NPR series "Museums in the 21st Century" highlighted an interesting consequence of the increased focus on state standards in education. As is the case with many supplementary educational experiences, school-based visitation to museums has declined since implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The Prophet Darwin and the Use of Names

SimBiotic President Eli MeirWe spend a lot of time working on our EvoBeaker labs for teaching about evolution, and Darwin's name comes up often both in our labs and in the scientific and educational writing we read as background for our work. Perhaps too often.

Teaching Natural Selection - Don't Give Up

SimBiotic President Eli MeirWe just had a research paper on our Darwinian Snails lab published, and while perusing the journal where it appears, I came upon another paper that reviewed some of the many studies which have been done over the years on students understanding of natural selection.