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Call for Papers: Teleology and Evolution Education

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Evolution: Education and Outreach invites original contributions exploring all aspects of teleological reasoning and teleological language pertinent to the teaching and learning of evolution. The scope of papers to be included in this special issue will range from theoretical reflections on the role that teleology should play in evolution education to empirical studies addressing teleology-related aspects of teaching and learning evolution. Submitted papers may, for example, address: the assessment of students’ teleological reasoning and teleological misconceptions about evolution; teaching strategies and learning environments focusing on teleology; or teachers’ teleology-related instructional practices and professional development. The literature on teleology is diverse; we welcome a range of positions from a variety of disciplines (e.g., cognitive psychology, learning sciences, biology education, philosophy of science).

Questions about contributions may be directed to Prof. Marcus Hammann, Guest Editor of the special issue, or to Editor-in-Chief Ross Nehm. Submissions are now open, with an anticipated publication date of December 2019.

Evolution: Education and Outreach is now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and has recently attained SCOPUS indexing.


  1. Despite the importance of understanding the mechanism of natural selection for both academic success and everyday decision-making, this concept is one of the most challenging to learn in contemporary science. ...

    Authors: Sarah A. Brown, Samuel Ronfard and Deborah Kelemen

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:12

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Students frequently explain evolutionary processes, such as adaptation, in a teleological way. These teleological explanations may involve goal-directedness, purpose, an external designer or the internal needs...

    Authors: Helge Gresch

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:10

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Teleology is one of the critical aspects of students’ intuitive concepts about living beings and, specifically, their evolution. This cognitive bias imposes a substantial restriction on the process of learning...

    Authors: Leonardo González Galli, Gastón Peréz and Alma Adrianna Gómez Galindo

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:6

    Content type: Curriculum and education

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  4. We describe the ubiquity of teleological language and thinking throughout biology, as a context for understanding how students think about evolution, as well. Examples can be found in molecular biology, physio...

    Authors: A. Werth and D. Allchin

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:4

    Content type: Curriculum and education

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  5. Teleology, explaining the existence of a feature on the basis of what it does, is usually considered as an obstacle or misconception in evolution education. Researchers often use the adjective “teleological” t...

    Authors: Kostas Kampourakis

    Citation: Evolution: Education and Outreach 2020 13:1

    Content type: Review Article

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