Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum
- Publication Year: 2019
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
There is a paradox when it comes to Darwinian ideas within the academy. On one hand, Darwin’s theories have famously changed the foundational ideas related to the origins of life, shaping entire disciplines in the biological sciences. On the other hand, people in educated societies across the globe today are famously misinformed and uneducated about Darwinian principles and ideas. Applications of evolutionary theory outside the traditional areas of biology have been slow to progress, and scholars doing such work regularly run into all kinds of political backlash. However, a slow but steady push to advance the teaching of evolution across academic disciplines has been under way for more than a decade.
This book serves to integrate the vast literature in the interdisciplinary field of Evolutionary Studies (EvoS), providing clear examples of how evolutionary concepts relate to all facets of life. Further, this book provides chapters dedicated to the processes associated with an EvoS education, including examples of how an interdisciplinary approach to evolutionary theory has been implemented successfully at various colleges, universities, and degree programs. This book also offers chapters outlining a variety of applications to an evolution education, including improved sustainable development, medical practices, and creative and critical thinking skills. Exploring controversies surrounding evolution education, this volume provides a roadmap to asking and answering Darwinian questions across all areas of intellectual inquiry.
"To paraphrase Theodosius Dobzhansky, nothing in biology, psychology, development, politics, economics, human health, medicine, and education makes sense except in the light of evolution. If you don't believe this assertion now, you very well may after reading the chapters in this volume edited by David Sloan Wilson and his colleagues. Evolution is for everybody, and this book is especially important for college instructors who would like to convey the excitement and importance of evolutionary theory to their students."
- David Bjorklund , Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
"Most of my knowledge on evolution is self-taught and in my own psychology education there was no discussion of evolutionary principles. Don't be like me-use this fantastic book to encourage your university to adopt a course on evolution for every student regardless of their disciplinary
- Mark van Vugt , Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and Work and Organizational Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam