Evolution of the meeting

Kristin Jenkins

KJ Ottawa 2

BioQuest

In the United States scientists and educators have actively been addressing creationist challenges to evolution education since the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial.”  However, anti-evolutionism is not a problem that is restricted to the classroom.  Students’ ideas are shaped by their communities’ cultures, by media messages and even entertainment outlets. It is important for all interested parties to work together to convey the important messages of evolutionary science, so that teachers are supported in their efforts in the classroom.  In 2000 the National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/ncte/) brought together representatives from a variety of scientific societies, policy makers, organizations serving educators, journalists and media representatives to talk about teaching evolution.  A number of productive collaborations and projects arose from this meeting, most notably the Understanding Evolution website which has provided thousands of teachers and students with accurate, interesting and relevant information about evolution.  The EvoKE meeting is modeled on this highly successful example.  At this meeting, we will explore the needs of the European evolution education and outreach community and look for opportunities to meet those needs through collaborations and projects.

 

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