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May 05, 2021 Wednesday 12:48:21 PM IST

Story Telling Effective to Teach Evolution

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A study by researchers at the University of Toronto has shown that elementary school children can be taught the evolution of species effectively through story telling. The research examined children’s ability to construct an accurate account of natural selection at the between-species level-that is, in relation to the evolution of new species. Concepts of natural selection are introduced only in high schools. Researchers designed their own books about novel animals. The story books are built one on another to tell stories of evolution. Illustrations were simple to support the explanations in the narrative text. The findings demonstrated that even young children can engage in challenging and complex conceptual change when it is presented in this format.