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Cladogram Curriculum: A First Look Into A Teaching Prototype For The Fundamentals Of Phylogenetics

dc.contributor.advisorNovick, Laura R.
dc.contributor.authorSchreiber, Emily
dc.description.abstractPast research has examined students’ comprehension of and reasoning with evolutionary relationships depicted by cladograms (i.e., tree thinking). Cladograms serve as a fundamental resource when studying macroevolution and it is for this reason that students need to have a clear understanding of, and ability to reason with, these diagrams. Past research has found misconceptions and difficulties within the understanding of cladograms, particularly with students in upper level biology classes. This difficulty has left researchers calling for cladogram education to be introduced prior to upper level biology courses and perhaps as early as high school. This study created an early prototype of a curriculum in order to give students this basic cladogram education. The curriculum was effective in raising scores on previously tested skills for college students, with both stronger and weaker biology backgrounds. Although the curriculum was not effective for every tree-thinking skill tested, overall it led to higher performance for both groups.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences. Under the Supervision of Dr. Laura Novick.en_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subject.lcshCognitive psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshCladistic analysisen_US
dc.subject.lcshBiology -- Study and teachingen_US
dc.subject.lcshEducation -- Curriculaen_US
dc.titleCladogram Curriculum: A First Look Into A Teaching Prototype For The Fundamentals Of Phylogeneticsen_US
dc.title.alternativePrototype of a cladistics educationen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US

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