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ERIC Number: EJ781288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
What Are Students Taught about Evolution?
Moore, Randy
McGill Journal of Education, v42 n2 p177-187 2007
According to reports from 1,441 undergraduate students at a large, public American university, most high-school biology teachers teach evolution. Approximately 25% of students who attended public schools report that their biology teachers also taught creationism, despite the fact that doing so is unconstitutional. When biology teachers teach creationism, they usually present only a particular version of the Judeo-Christian creation story, and often present this story as a scientific alternative to evolution. One-fifth of students who attended public schools report that their biology teachers taught them neither evolution nor creationism. Biology teachers at private schools may be more likely to teach evolution than are biology teachers at public schools. These results, which are discussed relative to the evolution/creationism controversy, indicate that creationism is far from extinct in biology classrooms. (Contains 1 table.)
McGill Journal of Education. McGill University, 3700 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2, Canada. Tel: 514-398-4246; Fax: 514-398-4529; NOTE: As of the winter issue for 2007 (v.42, n1), this journal will only be available online. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A