This web site contains the support materials for two papers on elaborating, self-organizing, and fractionating evolutionary mechanisms, and the teaching of of these mechanisms using chaos/complex systems theories, as published in the Journal of Geoscience Education. Strategies, rubrics, learning outcomes, computer models of various chaos/complex systems, and sample lab experiments are available by clicking the links below.
The strategies outlined here for teaching chaos and complex evolutionary systems theories were developed over the past 15 years or so by Lynn Fichter and Steve Baedke in several classes. Depending on the depth of exploration, a basic exploration for introductory students takes 2-5 50 minute classes.
We teach these concepts using the rubrics recommended here in at least four classes, include a general education class dealing with the Earth and its environments (GGEOL 102: Environment: Earth), the historical geology class for majors (GEOL 230, Evolution of the Earth), another general education course dedicated to evolutionary systems of all kinds (GEOL 200, Evolutionary Systems), and, a new course in the environmental science minor (ENVT 200 - Environmental Systems Theory).
The latter two courses spend more time developing the concepts, including a variety of lab demonstrations and experiments, and work more to integrate chaos/complex system concepts into the course. Syllabi for these are below.