March 4, 2014 - IAS faculty member Becca Price recently co-authored two articles in CBE-Life Science Education. The first, which is co-authored by a team of researchers from throughout the country, describes a tool that measures what students understand about drift. Genetic drift encompasses the evolutionary changes in the frequency of traits across generation that are due to random chance. Although genetic drift is a crucial component to biological evolution, it is challenging for students to learn because it combines two difficult concepts: randomness and evolution. In the second article, Price and co-author Dr. Greg Crowther from UW Seattle, discuss the utility of the term misconception in educational research, which describes ideas that novice learners have that are inconsistent with expert views.