The Missing Link by Lee Meadows. An Inquiry Approach for Teaching
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The Missing Link

An Inquiry Approach for Teaching All Students About Evolution

Without understanding evolution, students—no matter what their beliefs—will struggle to achieve the scientific literacy needed to consider common scenarios like how human viruses work. This book helps teachers present the explanatory power of evolution, even to students unprepared to accept its principles.

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For too long, evolution has been denied its place in the science curriculum.  School policies driven by misunderstanding or fea regularly displace widely recognized principles of science.  But without understanding evolution, students--no matter what their religious beliefs--will never achieve the level of scientific literacy they need to make sense of even everyday practicalities like how human viruses work.

In The Missing Link, Lee Meadows has crafted an approach to teaching evolution that helps students understand its explanatory power whether they accept its principles or not.  All students are invited to engage in inquiry, where questions, evidence, and exploration supplant values-based debates over right and wrong answers.  Teachers will find the tools and resources they need to develop a unit on evolution including:

  • an overview of inquiry-based science teaching
  • outlines for lesson plans
  • a plethora of internet resources.

An appendix also provides a refresher course for teachers who may want to sharpen their content knowledge of evolution. And a study guide makes this ideal for book study groups.

Bring The Missing Link to your teaching and keep the doors to science open for all your students.



1. Framing the Issues

2. Deciding the Focus of Your Unit

3. Engaging Students in Studying

4. Guiding Students to Examine the Evidence for Evolution

5. Guiding Students to Examine Evolution Itself

6. Deepening Students’ Understanding and Addressing Objections

7. Using Project-based Learning to Solidify Student Understanding

8. Wrapping Up






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"Especially for those teachers who are apprehensive about teaching evolution, Meadows provides not only encouragement, but a clear how-to that will guide them and their more experienced colleagues toward teaching with integrity the 'controversial subject' of evolution."
--Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education

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