The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2020)


Session 14. Making Human Evolution Accessible through Non-formal Learning. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Katrina E. Yezzi-Woodley Co-organizers: Katrina Yezzi-Woodley, University of Minnesota; Frances Forrest, American Museum of Natural History

April 16, 2020 8 a.m. - noon, Diamond 7 Add to calendar

The AAPA Education Committee brings together scientists, educators, outreach coordinators, and the general public, to promote science literacy and create excitement for teaching and learning biological anthropology, particularly for the benefit of K-12 teachers and students. For the past several years, the committee has organized education workshops with local teachers and coordinated visits to classrooms and museums to exchange ideas and share resources. This year, we are putting together a poster symposium to highlight non-formal education practices that have been successful in generating public engagement with human evolution. Non-formal learning is a way of creating a structured learning environment that allows people of all ages the freedom and flexibility to explore their interests in a way that is fun and engaging, without the pressure of strict assessment.These practices include easy to follow hands-on-activities, strategies for disseminating information and raising public awareness, ideas for formal and informal education settings, techniques for bringing technology into the learning environment, best practices for K-12 education, and approaches for assessing prior knowledge about human evolution. Presenters include people at all career stages and from a variety of backgrounds and educational settings including research and teaching faculty, graduate students, museum educators, and professionals from non-academic science institutions.

Discussant: Becca Peixotto
1 Add to calendar Beyond "Outreach": Effective Strategies for Engaging At-Risk High School Students in Biological Anthropology. Katrina Yezzi-Woodley, Joel Abdella, Katherine Erdman.
2 Add to calendar The Powerhouse Project: Encouraging Community Stewardship in Anthropology Students. Nadia C. Neff, Heather M. Brookshier, Dawn M. Mulhern, Langston Shupe-Diggs.
3 Add to calendar Virtual Koobi Fora: Bringing the field into the classroom. Frances Forrest.
4 Add to calendar Using 3D prints of primates to teach evolution through comparative anatomy: a multi-modal educational module. Heather M. Brookshier, Dawn M. Mulhern, Nadia C. Neff.
5 Add to calendar Evolution Education is not a (W)Rap: Creative Methods for Engaging the Public in Evolution Education Aren’t Always Effective. Chloe M T. Keck, Christopher D. Lynn, William Evans.
6 Add to calendar An activity based five-day professional development workshop for pre-college educators: incorporating evolution and biological anthropology into middle- and high-school curricula. Lily J. D. DeMars, America M. Guerra, Joshua M. Wisor, Margarita Hernandez, Taylor S. Wood, Amber Cesare, Kathleen Hill, Timothy M. Ryan.
7 Add to calendar It’s elementary: Extending the teaching of anthropology to elementary schools. Julia G. Sponholtz, Christopher D. Lynn, Avery McNeece.
8 Add to calendar Impacts of the Smithsonian Human Origins Program’s expert-led public events. Briana Pobiner, Richard Potts, Ella Beaudoin.
9 Add to calendar Introducing Hominins and Building Bridges: The Origins Community Art Project. Kathryn L. Anderson, Oscar Santoyo, Andrew Montgomery, Becca Peixotto.
10 Add to calendar Teaching Evolution in Creationist Country: Strategies for Effective Engagement. Kate Carter.
11 Add to calendar Bigger on the inside: Using agent-based models in the classroom to explore big questions in evolutionary anthropology. Michael L. Wilson, Kristin N. Crouse, Carrie M. Miller.
12 Add to calendar Strategies for presenting human origins science for middle- and high-school students and teachers. Amy L. Peterson, Irene E. Smail, E. Susanne Daly, Alejandra Ortiz, Hallie Edmonds.
13 Add to calendar Does the naturalistic fallacy impede students' understanding of the evolution of human behavior?. Liam Gleason, Sarah Mathew.
14 Add to calendar Fossils in the Museum. Non-formal classes for school children and students about fossils and their stories. Sarah Musalizi, Christopher Ssebuyungo, Micheal Tatyabala, Vicent Ngabirano.
15 Add to calendar The First Annual Human Evolution Summer Teacher Workshop: Evolution Education in the Southeastern United States. Molly C. Selba, Michael J. Ziegler, John S. Mead.