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Active learning on the first day of Constance Clark’s course on History of Evolutionary Thought

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Active learning on the first day of Constance Clark’s course on History of Evolutionary Thought

On the first day of class I arrive early with a cart full of skeletons, skulls, fossils, shells, plants, an ostrich egg, some rocks, shark teeth, and a peculiar upside-down drawing of a sloth.  Before the students arrive (at least with any luck before they arrive—if there are people who got there early I ask […]

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Constance Clark elicits discussion around a central theme using a provocative statement

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Constance Clark elicits discussion around a central theme using a provocative statement

In B-term of 2016, I am offering a seminar on the history of science in public and science popularization.  I always try to start the first class with an activity that gets people introducing themselves to each other and then talking through a theme that will be central to the course.  For the class this […]

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