A Teacher’s Guide to Evolution, Behavior, and Sustainability Science

One of the core educational opportunities provided by evolution, behavior and sustainability sciences is the rich interdisciplinary nature of their core concepts, principles, methods, and skills.

How can you engage your students in understanding these concepts and developing these skills?

Our creative commons teacher’s guide is a great place to start! Providing a fun and easy read, the guide will walk you through the big picture of current scientific thinking across evolution, behavior and sustainability science, in ways that are relevant for students of all ages, across traditional school subjects.

The purpose of this guide is to offer an introduction to the big ideas and core  understandings that we think are relevant for understanding the role of human behavior in sustainable development, from across evolutionary, behavioral, and sustainability sciences. Additionally, it provides a set of practical tools that can help teachers to adapt and design lessons for various classroom contexts. Specifically, this guide outlines our educational design concept for teaching human behavior as an interdisciplinary theme – comprising three design principles, nine content anchors, a number of thinking tools, and pedagogical approaches that can be integrated to create a wide diversity of lessons and units working towards the big understandings of human evolution, behavior, and sustainable development. 

In this third edition of the teacher’s guide, we have added and expanded upon some new content and design elements. Throughout the guide, we provide links that lead you to further online resources on our website.

We invite you to get involved! Think about how the ideas and content in this guide relate to your everyday experience and to your teaching and learning goals. Try things out and connect with us to share your experiences, give us feedback, join our efforts in educational innovation, or ask us a question.

Authors: Susan Hanisch, Dustin Eirdosh

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