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ERIC Number: EJ1147914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1029-8457
Evolutionary Ideas Held by Experienced South African Biology Teachers
Kyriacou, Xenia; de Beer, Josef; Ramnarain, Umesh
African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, v19 n2 p118-130 2015
With evolutionary biology relatively recently introduced into the South African school curriculum, the need arose to explore practising teachers' knowledge of the subject. A number of anticipated as well as unanticipated cognitive and affective barriers to the understanding of evolutionary biology were identified from a questionnaire with open-ended items and administered at the start of a short learning programme on evolution education. The questionnaire was face validated and piloted. Teachers were conveniently sampled and comprised all course participants (n = 57). Responses to the questions were analysed using inductive and deductive coding. These codes were organised into themes, guided by the research question. These themes indicated poor content knowledge, essentialist and teleological reasoning, creationist objections and a perceived racist agenda to the teaching of this subject.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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