Darwin-Inspired Learning

  • Carolyn J. Boulter
  • Michael J. Reiss
  • Dawn L. Sanders

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
    1. Michael J. Reiss, Carolyn J. Boulter, Dawn L. Sanders
      Pages 1-11
  2. Darwin’s Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Randal Keynes
      Pages 15-23
    3. Dawn L. Sanders
      Pages 25-34
  3. Developing a Sense of Place

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Paul Davies, Dawn L. Sanders, Ruth Amos
      Pages 47-58
    3. Sandra Escovedo Selles
      Pages 73-87
  4. The Importance of Active Hands-On Enquiry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Mike Corbishley
      Pages 117-129
    3. James T. Costa
      Pages 131-146
    4. Stephen P. Tomkins, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
      Pages 147-163
    5. Shirley Simon
      Pages 165-175
    6. Peter Kennett, Chris King
      Pages 177-196
  5. Critical Thinking about What and How We Know

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. James D. Williams
      Pages 199-210
    3. Ralph Levinson
      Pages 211-219
    4. Aaron M. Ellison
      Pages 243-256
    5. Karen E. James
      Pages 257-270
  6. Interdisciplinary Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Miranda Lowe, Carolyn J. Boulter
      Pages 273-284
    3. Martin Braund
      Pages 285-298
    4. Tina Gianquitto
      Pages 299-309
  7. Developing Work with Learners

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Vaughan Prain
      Pages 327-338
    3. Carolyn J. Boulter, Emma Newall
      Pages 353-365
    4. Susan Johnson
      Pages 383-397
    5. Dawn L. Sanders, Carolyn J. Boulter, Michael J. Reiss
      Pages 411-424
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 425-435

About this book


Charles Darwin has been extensively analysed and written about as a scientist, Victorian, father and husband. However, this is the first book to present a carefully thought out pedagogical approach to learning that is centered on Darwin’s life and scientific practice. The ways in which Darwin developed his scientific ideas, and their far reaching effects, continue to challenge and provoke contemporary teachers and learners, inspiring them to consider both how scientists work and how individual humans ‘read nature’. Darwin-inspired learning, as proposed in this international collection of essays, is an enquiry-based pedagogy, that takes the professional practice of Charles Darwin as its source. Without seeking to idealise the man, Darwin-inspired learning places importance on: • active learning • hands-on enquiry • critical thinking • creativity • argumentation • interdisciplinarity. In an increasingly urbanised world, first-hand observations of living plants and animals are becoming rarer. Indeed, some commentators suggest that such encounters are under threat and children are living in a time of ‘nature-deficit’. Darwin-inspired learning, with its focus on close observation and hands-on enquiry, seeks to re-engage children and young people with the living world through critical and creative thinking modeled on Darwin’s life and science.


Darwin Education Learning Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Carolyn J. Boulter
    • 1
  • Michael J. Reiss
    • 2
  • Dawn L. Sanders
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional StudiesUniversity of GothenburgSweden

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