Modeling Natural Selectionby: Christopher A. Bogiages and Christine Lotter

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In their research, scientists generate, test, and modify scientific models. These models can be shared with others and demonstrate a scientist’s understanding of how the natural world works. Similarly, students can generate and modify models to gain a better understanding of the content, process, and nature of science (Kenyon, Schwarz, and Hug 2008). This article serves as a how-to guide for integrating model-based inquiry (MBI) and wikis into a biology unit on natural selection. Students learn about the content and process of science through modeling activities (Windschitl 2008; Neilson, Campbell, and Allred 2010) and building wikis.

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  • on Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:55 AM

This article explains a five day approach that utilizes the model based inquiry and wikis to extend students learning about evolution in a high school setting. This article can also serve as a learning tool about MBI. By carefully reading through the full article and what is done in each of the five days the reader learns about this technique and how this technique is applied in a real classroom situation. Both applications of this article are helpful in their own ways.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:24 AM

In this article, students use model-based inquiry and wikis over a five day period to help them better understand natural selection. Student begin the unit by taking the CINS test. Next, they determine what they know and do not know with guidance from their teacher. They pick a question about natural selection to research. They collect evidence and develop a wiki page with their findings. Multiple web resources are given.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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