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ERIC Number: ED053960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 134
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An Analysis of the Nature of and Changes in College Students' Reactions to Biology and Biologists from 1955 to 1968.
Ballard, Ruie Dale
A questionnaire assessing beginning college biology students' reactions to the beliefs and attitudes of biologists, beliefs concerning certain biological theories, interests in particular areas of biology, understanding of certain biological areas, and understanding of the complexity of biology was administered in 1968 and the responses compared with those found in a similar survey taken in 1955. Differences between 1968 students with and without a Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) background in high school were also assessed. Although attitudes improved in each of the categories in the 13 years, the changes in responses to questions concerning biological theories were most pronounced: the 1968 group indicated they found theories concerning evolution and mechanisms of life more acceptable than did the 1955 group. Within the 1968 group, the only differences related to background concerned students' interests in particular areas of biology: BSCS students "wondered" less than did non-BSCS students. (Author/AL)
University Microfilms, P. O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 70-18201 M-$4.00 X-$6.40)
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Identifiers: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Note: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas at Austin