Teaching Evolution & the Nature of Science via the History of Debates about the Levels at Which Natural Selection Operates

February 2013
American Biology Teacher (University of California Press);Feb2013, Vol. 75 Issue 2, p96
Academic Journal
Students should not graduate from high school without understanding that scientific debates are essential components of scientific methodology. This article presents a brief history of ongoing debates regarding the hypothesis that group selection is an evolutionary mechanism, and it serves as an example of the role that debates play in correcting faulty ideas and stimulating new research in the pursuit of extending scientific knowledge.


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