Career News: 13 Japanese companies to attend JAPAN DAY 2021 @IIT Hyderabad  |  Higher Studies: IELTS Mock Tests: Benefits and Characteristics  |  Teacher Insights: New Features in Moodle 4.0  |  Policy Indications: India-US Launch Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue  |  Science Innovations: Stanford University Develops Algorithm to Predict Molecular Structures  |  Technology Inceptions: Oxygen Concentrator, Generation System Developed by Indian Institute of Science  |  Teacher Insights: Early Intervention in Children Good to Prevent Dyslexia  |  Parent Interventions: Cognitive Stimulation Lowers Dementia Risk  |  Parent Interventions: Elderly Cope Better with Pandemic  |  Policy Indications: Use of Copyrighted Works in Online Education  |  Parent Interventions: Maternal Voice Reduces Pain in Preemies  |  Teacher Insights: Eye Sight of Children Affected by Online Learning  |  Expert Counsel: Afghanistan: Top Trouble Spot  |  Best Practices: 'Money Box' Project Gets National Recognition  |  Best Practices: Craft World School Support in Fighting Pandemic  |  
January 06, 2021 Wednesday 12:14:27 PM IST

Teach Evolution by Storytelling

Teacher Insights

Storytelling is an effective way to teach evolution to primary school children, according to a study done by the University of Bath. A randomised controlled trial of 2500 primary school students found that storytelling approach was much better than the activity-oriented approach in understanding the topic of evolution. This goes against educational orthodoxy that states that a pupil-centered approach to learning, using human-based examples with which children can easily identify, should yield the best results. Prof Laurence Hurst of Bath University said that these results show that academicians should be careful about preconceptions of teaching methodologies. Studies in teaching other subjects are required to find out the efficacy of storytelling methods, he added. Evolution is an important subject as it forms the foundation for many parts of biology, Yet, many primary school teachers are less confident of teaching it especially those without a science background.