Working Group

Evoci toolkit: concept inventories to assess conceptual understanding of evolution

PI(s): Rebecca Price (University of Washington-Bothell)
Kathryn Perez (University of Wisconsin at La Crosse)
Start Date: 10-Oct-2010
End Date: 10-Oct-2012
Keywords: education

This Working Group will develop tools to diagnose the conceptual understanding of key aspects of evolutionary thinking. Collectively, these Evolution Concept Inventories (EvoCI) can be used to conduct hypothesis-based research on how students learn evolution. We will begin by identifying concepts to target, modeling our diagnostic questions on existing concept inventories (CIs) like the Concept Inventory of Natural Selection. The questions will be multiple choice format and the incorrect choices for each question will be based on common misconceptions synthesized from the literature. CIs are useful for assessing conceptual understanding of evolution in individual classrooms, and also across institutions and curricula at the national level. The tools will be available through the ciHUB, an online portal that administers the questions and generates instructors’ reports. Our collaboration provides a base for future expansion, as more CIs that measure evolutionary understanding are developed.

Related products

  • Perez KE and Price RM. 2015. The Echoes of an Adaptationist Legacy: (Not) Teaching Non-adaptive Evolution. 118th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Science Education Section. San Antonio, TX.
  • Price RM and Perez KE. 2014. Can teaching nonadaptive mechanisms of evolution improve understanding of natural selection? Lessons learned from developing concept inventories about evolution. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Hiatt A, French D, Perez K, Price RM, Davis G, Terry M. 2014. The EvoDevoCI: A new measure of evolutionary understanding. National Association of Biology Teachers. Atlanta, GA.
  • Perez, K.E., Price, R. 2012. Concept inventories to assess student understanding of evolution: genetic drift, population-thinking and evo-devo. 1st Joint World Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottowa, Canada
  • Hiatt, A., Perez, K.E., Davis, G., Trujillo, C., Terry, M., Price, R. 2012. Evo-Devo in the classroom: target concepts and students' challenges. 1st Joint World Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottowa, Canada.
  • Hiatt A, Perez KE, Davis G, Terry M, Trujillo C, French D, Price RM. 2012. Evo-devo: target concepts and students’ challenges. National Association of Biology Teachers, Dallas, TX.
  • Price RM, Andrews TM, Mead LS, McElhinny TL, Thanukos A, Perez KE, Herreid CF, Terry DR, and Lemons PP. 2012. Misconceptions that biology undergraduates have about genetic drift. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Minneapolis, MN.