Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Nancy Songer credits kids with sophisticated thinking on complicated science concepts

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An article in the February 7, 2011, Hechinger Report, reports on some of the challenges faced by biology teachers tasked with teaching evolution and a movement to begin teaching evolution to younger students. In addition to flawed preconceptions of what evolution entails and religious issues, some administrators think evolution is simply too complex to be taught in elementary school grades. Nancy Songer's experience with BioKIDS suggests otherwise: "A lot of people think kids are not capable of sophisticated thinking about complicated science concepts," she says, "But all our research indicates this is simply not true."

Nancy Songer is a professor in the School of Education.

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