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1 February 2015 Considering the Role and Nature of the Scientist: The Case of Darwin and Evolution
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For many students, preconceived notions about Darwin are among the most significant obstacles in learning about the theory of evolution by natural selection. I present an activity designed to eliminate this obstacle and encourage empathizing with Darwin, utilizing the history-of-science approach. Through the activity, students' negative thoughts about Darwin disappeared, Darwin's position as a scientist came to the fore, students' interest in evolution increased, and they started to discuss the theory within a scientific framework.

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Serap Öz Aydin "Considering the Role and Nature of the Scientist: The Case of Darwin and Evolution," The American Biology Teacher 77(2), 94-98, (1 February 2015). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.2.3
Published: 1 February 2015
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