How can we teach students to think like scientists? In this course, current and prospective science instructors and advisors will work with various modes of thinking employed in science, in the context of applying them to understanding evolutionary history and processes. The course is intended to help participants develop advanced and subtle thinking skills to improve their understanding and teaching of central evolutionary and scientific concepts.
This course is intended for
– University faculty or secondary teachers who will teach scientific thinking or evolution
– Faculty in teacher education
– Graduate students in any field
– Anyone interested in being able to understand science better
In addition to online lectures (10 hours), the course will include reading/viewing assignments, writing assignments, and group discussions (7.5 hours). Each lesson will include other resources for teaching the information and concepts (readings, exercises, videos).
All participants must have a personal computer. Webcam and headphones are strongly recommended, and a good internet connection.
- The nature and practice of science; the scope of scientific knowledge.
- Scientific thinking: knowing how we know.
- How we ask questions and test hypotheses; how scientific knowledge advances.
- Conditional thinking: facts, theories, hypotheses.
- Greek and medieval ideas; history of our worldview.
- Darwinian thinking: the emergence of modern science.
- The ideas that make up evolution; how science uses evolutionary theory.
- New theory, new questions: the science of evolution.
- Genetic and non-genetic inheritance, genes in development, sources of variation.
- Theorizing and experimenting: how inheritance works.
- Populations as dynamic and statistical systems; modeling and predicting changes.
- Process thinking: natural selection and adaptation.
- The roles of genes in evolution; what underlies evolutionary change?
- Mechanistic thinking: “selfish” genes, inclusive fitness.
- Divergence, demes, ecological niches, and reproductive isolation; coevolution.
- Systems thinking: how new species form.
- How we reconstruct evolutionary history; human descent.
- Forensic thinking: paleontology and historical inference.
- Evolution of complexity and of imperfection; our coevolution with microbes.
- Evolutionary thinking applied to humans: aging, obstetrics, and diseases.
- Course Fee
- Early bird (until July 31st, 2020):
- 186 € *
(148.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
- Regular (after July 31st, 2020):
- 230 € *
(184 € for Ambassador Institutions)
- Price is VAT included.
* Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.