TeachEvo: Specific Aims

To further the goal of improving evolution education and public understanding of evolution in Missouri, our project has the following three aims:

Aim 1) To assess the specific needs of pre-service and practicing middle/secondary biology teachers teaching in rural and small town Missouri school districts in regard to their preparation and support for teaching evolution.

Aim 2) To design and teach a specialized biology content course, Teach Evolution, for biology education majors and middle school science education majors.

Aim 3) To develop the Missouri Evolution (MoEvolves) Network of evolutionary biologists and evolution educators at the middle, secondary and collegiate levels, to developing expertise and support for evolution education in the state.