ERIC Number: EJ1061004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Secondary School Learners' Response to the Teaching of Evolution in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Mpeta, M.; de Villiers, J. J. R.; Fraser, W. J.
Journal of Biological Education, v49 n2 p150-164 2015
One of the major causes of the problems affecting evolution education is a lack of acceptance of this concept, particularly by some people who have strongly entrenched religious beliefs. This paper reports on a section of a study which explored the influence of the beliefs of learners in some secondary schools from the Vhembe District in the northern Limpopo Province, South Africa, on the teaching and learning of biological evolution. A questionnaire was administered to Grade 12 learners studying life sciences to which 348 responded. Data were analysed to provide descriptive and inferential data for analysis. Findings indicated moderate acceptance of evolution by the learners. Some of the factors which showed an association with learners' acceptance included: learners' religious beliefs, age and the time since they had first heard of evolution. Although some learners experienced conflict between their religious beliefs and evolution, the findings showed that most were willing to learn about it.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Evolution, Student Attitudes, Religion, Biology, Questionnaires, Grade 12, Inferences, Age Differences, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Hermeneutics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 12; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa