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ERIC Number: EJ745325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
How Biology Students in Minnesota View Evolution, the Teaching of Evolution and the Evolution-Creationism Controversy
Moore, Randy; Froehle, Ann Marie; Kiernan, Julie; Greenwald, Barry
American Biology Teacher, v68 n5 p35-42 Online May 2006
Although most high school students want their biology classes to include evolution, most high school biology classes in Minnesota do not emphasize evolution. This lack of an emphasis on evolution defies state educational standards and is associated with most students (high school and college) having serious misconceptions about evolution. The evolution-related views of students in religiously-affiliated high schools are not necessarily more scientifically inaccurate than those of students at public schools. These results are discussed relative to the teaching of evolution and the problems of surveying students in public and private schools. The authors recommend that, when designing a survey-based study of students' understandings of evolution-related topics, teachers should include a plan for how they will handle delays that might accompany resistance. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota