evolution of the eye

I’ve written before about the evolution of the eye (here & here for example. Now there’s a whole issue of the most excellent science education journal Evolution: education & outreach devoted to this very topic – & it’s free on-line right here! So if you’re interested in following up on some of the latest work on this topic, do follow the link & download what interests you. I’ve got several articles to read & think about at my leisure (bwahahaha – leisure!) & might write about one or two here.

5 thoughts on “evolution of the eye”

  • This is awesome thanks!
    I also realise that I neglected to give you the URLs where your interview is posted. So in case you were wondering here they are:
    If you feel that the links are inappropriate here feel free to remove them.
    Thanks again for the new reference material.

  • Thanks for the heads’ up on this journal being “open”. (Is it usually that way, or is that a temporary promotional thing?) Grabbed a couple of papers, but goodness knows when I’ll find the time to read them. Work to do, then “yet another” Marsden application!
    Best wishes for the holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚
    Darcy: thanks for the link to the interview, I’ve bookmarked it and will read it sometime later. Got to keep an eye on these famous people ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Alison Campbell says:

    ‘famous’, is it? This could go to my head ๐Ÿ˜‰ The first issue was open, I know. I can’t say I noticed, with the second, but I tend not to pay attention: the only time I do is when I want something & come up against the cold hard wall of an institutional non-subscription ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Don’t get too swell-headed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding…
    I know what you mean about journals that aren’t subscribed. I sometimes just ask the authors and some of the times they are able to help out. Interloans hurt the budget…
    Trust me to get side-tracked: I decided to give the interview a skim so I could put it aside & I’m about 1/3rd of the way through it. One thing that immediately occurred to me is to what extent are teachers assisted in fleshing out the science course and are their any sorts of checks / what-have-you on this? (Or is this worrying about nothing?!)

  • Alison Campbell says:

    Assistance for teachers: well, all schools develop their own curriculum for delivery of the national version. So there’s a lot of in-house support, & also some pretty good textbooks & so on for them to draw on. Plus the existing (1993) curriculum document was actually quite heavy with examples of how students could be learning & also how that learning could be assessed. One of the things that concerned the science writing group was that the new (2010) curriculum lacks that. This concerns me a bit, because with the new – & timely – emphasis on the nature of science, there’s not yet any national database of suggestions, ideas, resources to support teaching NOS.

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