Conrad Waddington’s epigenetic landscape is now a central paradigm in evolutionary developmental biology. This article proposes that it should be adopted into middle years (ages 11-16) biology curricula as a way of visualising the interactions of the genome with the environment. The epigenetic landscape is explained, with some biographical detail of Conrad Waddington’s achievements. Two narratives are then presented for middle years biology classes: the differentiation of human stem cells and the formation of leaf shape in the water crowfoot, Ranunculus aquatilis. The benefits of including epigenetic landscape in middle years biology curricula are considered.
|Journal||School Science Review|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 7 Aug 2019|
- SoE Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research