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Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 621–628

First Online: 27 July 2010


Evolution is the unifying principle of all biology, and understanding how evolutionary relationships are represented is critical for a complete understanding of evolution. Phylogenetic trees are the most conventional tool for displaying evolutionary relationships, and -tree-thinking- has been coined as a term to describe the ability to conceptualize evolutionary relationships. Students often lack tree-thinking skills, and developing those skills should be a priority of biology curricula. Many common student misconceptions have been described, and a successful instructor needs a suite of tools for correcting those misconceptions. I review the literature on teaching tree-thinking to undergraduate students and suggest how this material can be presented within an inquiry-based framework.

KeywordsPhylogenetics Tree-thinking Learning cycle Nature of science Great chain of being Ladderized thinking  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Richard P. Meisel

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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