What is behavior?
In this lesson, students explore the concept of behavior, its causes and its relation to evolution and sustainability. The lesson emphasizes the fact that even scientists don’t agree what human behavior is, what counts as behavior and what characterizes behavior. The lesson also explores the various causes of behavior, particularly as conceptualized by the behavioral biologist Niko Tinbergen in his four questions. Finally, the lesson explores the relation between human behavior and sustainability.
- Teaching material type Classroom discussion, Full lesson plan, Tinbergen's questions
- Subject Areas Biology, ESD, Ethics, Interdisciplinary, Social-Emotional Learning
- Learning Goals Conceptual Thinking, Evolutionary Thinking, Metacognitive Competency, Systems Thinking
- Suitable Grade Levels 6-8, 9-12
- Concepts Human Behavior, Sustainability, Tinbergen's questions, Well-being
Author: Susan Hanisch
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