The Nature of Naive Explanations of Natural Selection

  title={The Nature of Naive Explanations of Natural Selection},
  author={Michel Ferrari and Michelene T. H. Chi},
Unlike some pivotal ideas in the history of science, the basic notion of natural selection is remarkably simple and so one might expect most students to easily grasp the basic principles of the Darwinian theory; yet many students nevertheless have difficulty understanding Darwinian evolution. We suggest that misconceptions about natural selection arise from mistaken categorization. Our thesis for explaining students’ failure to understand this concept, or evolution in general, is not that they… CONTINUE READING
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