ERIC Number: EJ1137596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions of High School Biology Teachers in Christian Schools on Relationships between Religious Beliefs and Teaching Evolution
Mangahas, Ana Marie E.
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v26 n1 p24-43 2017
This mixed method study explored Christian teachers' beliefs in religious schools on evolution, their attitudes toward evolution, and their perceptions on the effect of those beliefs on the teaching of evolutionary content. Teachers (N = 52) from Association for Christian Schools International (ACSI) accredited schools in California and Hawaii participated in the quantitative component of the study. Path analysis revealed that teacher beliefs had a significant effect on attitude, and attitude a significant effect on evolution teaching. Biology teachers were further interviewed from the sample. Results showed that teachers' beliefs regarding evolution and their Christian faith were mixed and complex.
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Biology, Science Teachers, Evolution, Beliefs, Christianity, Religious Factors, Teacher Attitudes, International Schools, Course Content, Mixed Methods Research, Professional Associations, Path Analysis, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; California