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Journal Club Toolkit
This set of teaching materials aims to help instructors engage their students with the primary literature in evolutionary biology through a “journal club” that can be implemented in a discussion section or smaller class. It includes several helpful tools: annotated articles, a reading guide, additional suggested reading, and tips for students leading a discussion of a journal article.
UC Museum of Paleontology
Several class periods
The Journal Club Toolkit was designed to be implemented in the discussion section of an evolution course or of an evolution-oriented introductory biology course and includes explicit instructions for doing so; however, the materials could be adapted to suit the needs and constraints of other class formats.
- Science focuses on natural phenomena and processes.
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data.
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Scientists may explore many different hypotheses to explain their observations.
- The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.
- Scientific findings and evidence inspire new questions and shape the directions of future scientific research.
- Science is a human endeavor.
- Authentic scientific controversy and debate within the community contribute to scientific progress.
- Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.
- Our understanding of life through time is based upon multiple lines of evidence.
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