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Call for Papers: Evolution Assessment

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The assessment of evolutionary understanding and acceptance play a central role in many evidence-based educational pursuits: uncovering how students and teachers think; measuring the impact of educational experiences in formal and informal settings; examining the growth of understanding through degree and certification programs; and quantifying the relationships between sociocultural factors and reasoning patterns. Indeed, many questions in the growing field of evolution education research rely on measures drawn from assessment tools. The U.S. National Research Council (2001, 2014) has emphasized the complexity of drawing valid inferences from assessment tasks, the need for continuing evaluation of assessment tools in diverse contexts, and the paucity of formative and next-generation assessments capable of measuring complex practices and learning progressions. Many research questions and methods inform assessment development, application, and evaluation, and we welcome researchers exploring any aspect of evolution assessment to submit papers to a Special Issue to be published in Evolution: Education and Outreach, now celebrating its ten-year anniversary.   

Submissions are now open, with an anticipated publication date of December 2018.

Submitted papers will be reviewed in a timely manner and published directly after acceptance (i.e. without waiting for the accomplishment of all other contributions). Thanks to the Evolution: Education and Outreach open access policy, the articles published in this thematic series will have a wide, global audience.


Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Evolution: Education and Outreach. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the journal submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate section in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on series title. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient

High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article

No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage

Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

  1. Content type: RESEARCH ARTICLE

    Despite widespread concern about the differential measurement of evolution acceptance among researchers, no one has systematically explored how instrument choice can impact research results and conclusions in ...

    Authors: M. Elizabeth Barnes, Hayley M. Dunlop, Emily A. Holt, Yi Zheng and Sara E. Brownell

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2019 12:4

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  2. Content type: Curriculum and education

    Understanding evolution is critical to learning biology, but few college instructors take advantage of the body of peer-reviewed literature that can inform evolution teaching and assessment. Here we summarize ...

    Authors: Robert E. Furrow and Jeremy L. Hsu

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2019 12:2

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  3. Content type: RESEARCH ARTICLE

    Evolution education research has focused on biology populations, while other disciplines organized around evolutionary theory—such as biological anthropology—remain understudied. Cognitive science and educatio...

    Authors: Elizabeth P. Beggrow and Gena C. Sbeglia

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2019 12:1

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  4. Content type: RESEARCH ARTICLE

    Concept inventories (CIs) are commonly used tools for assessing student understanding of scientific and naive ideas, yet the body of empirical evidence supporting the inferences drawn from CI scores is often l...

    Authors: Robyn E. Tornabene, Erik Lavington and Ross H. Nehm

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2018 11:6

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