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ERIC Number: EJ1161370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Preparing Preservice K-8 Teachers for the Public School: Improving Evolution Attitudes, Misconceptions, and Legal Confusion
Vaughn, Ashley R.; Robbins, Jennifer R.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v47 n2 p7-15 Nov 2017
Evolutionary theory is a central tenet of biological science, and it is essential for all science teachers, early childhood through secondary, to have a clear understanding of not only the science behind evolution, but also the legal precedents for teaching evolution in the classroom. This study examines the effectiveness of a curriculum on preservice teachers' attitudes and knowledge of evolution and legalities of teaching it. We used a curriculum designed to encourage conceptual change with two cohorts of preservice teachers. The second cohort was also assigned a research paper on legal issues surrounding evolution in the classroom. Our analysis supports the effectiveness of this curriculum in fighting misconceptions and improving attitudes, with a further boost from the assigned paper. These findings support prior work showing direct confrontation of misconceptions is effective in generating change. It is important for teachers to have not only a firm grasp on the content they will teach, but also a clear understanding of the laws regarding the teaching of this content. Our findings support the need for direct instruction for preservice teachers on the legality surrounding "controversial" educational topics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cincinnati)
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