EvMedEd: A Teaching Resource for Integrating Medical Examples into Evolution Education
Daniel Z. Grunspan, Randolph M. Nesse, Sara E. Brownell
The American Biology Teacher, Vol. 82 No. 2, February 2020; (pp. 123-126) DOI: 10.1525/abt.2020.82.2.123
ABSTRACT Teaching evolution using medical examples can be a particularly effective strategy for motivating students to learn evolutionary principles, especially students interested in pursuing medical and allied health careers. Research in the area of evolutionary medicine has expanded the number of ways in which evolution informs health and disease, providing many new and less widely known contexts that can be adopted for classroom use. However, many instructors do not have time to locate or create classroom materials about evolutionary medicine. To address this need, we have created EvMedEd, a resource repository to help instructors who want to integrate more medical examples into their evolution instruction or instructors who are teaching a course on evolutionary medicine. Some resources are designed to be more appropriate for a high school or introductory biology audience, whereas others are more advanced. We encourage instructors to access this curated website and to share their own teaching materials with this community. Key Words: evolution; health; medicine; evolutionary medicine; online resource; student-centered.