Educational innovation and design-based research coordination
Learning about the origins and diversity of humanity can be deeply meaningful for students. Insights from the interdisciplinary field of evolutionary anthropology allow students to better understand themselves, their fellow humans, our human-made world, and their ability to shape our world towards a preferred future.
This is why our department is committed to making the insights of evolutionary anthropology accessible and relevant to the general public. We are approaching this aim through a strategic and cooperative effort to advance new interdisciplinary approaches integrating evolution, behavior, and sustainability science across the education spectrum.
Our educational innovation coordinator, Dustin Eirdosh, PhD, along with guest scientist, Dr. Susan Hanisch, as well as other research scientists in our department and institute, work together with a growing network of educational organizations, institutions, and professionals to support direct engagement with local and international classrooms, as well as the development of scientific infrastructure to empower educators in teaching the latest scientific perspectives in our field.
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We are actively developing a wide range of teaching materials related to understanding human origins and diversity, both in-house and through our network of academic and educational partnerships.
We directly develop innovative educational development projects, as well as indirectly support the coordination of educational development networks.
We are coordinating both pre-service and in-service teacher development programs, in Leipzig, and interationally through our network of partnerships.
An important aim of our educational development work is to facilitate coordinated interdisciplinary student thesis work for pre-service teachers.
We offer a limited number of exciting internship opportunities for high school students, pre-service teacher students, and graduate students in education or human science fields.
Scientists in our department offer webinars for student and teacher groups interested in learning more about the work we do.
Our Community Science Lab model is an innovation hub for advancing new directions in evolution education and school improvement efforts, as well as community-based resources for learning about human origins and cultural diversity.
We regularly publish peer-reviewed scientific articles on our educational development work, as well as a range of open-acces resources and guides for educators and students across subject areas.
Cooperative partnerships are essential to our mission and educational vision. Learn more about who we work with, and how you can work with us!