Evolution

Authored by: Ian Abrahams , Michael Reiss

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562

10.4324/9780203357385.ch42

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Abstract

Humans are the product of some 3,500 million years of biological evolution. Those of us who are alive today are an indescribably small proportion of those who could be alive, had natural selection not weeded most of them out. The importance of these facts has rarely been considered for education. The aim of this chapter is to argue that our evolutionary heritage is of profound importance for how we learn, including what we find easy to learn and what we find difficult.

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