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ERIC Number: EJ781292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
Canadian Pre-Service Elementary Teachers' Conceptions of Biological Evolution and Evolution Education
Asghar, Anila; Wiles, Jason R.; Alters, Brian
McGill Journal of Education, v42 n2 p189-209 2007
This study explores pre-service elementary school teachers' understandings of evolutionary science and their feelings and concerns about teaching evolution in Canadian elementary schools. Data were collected through a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. Most participants reported acceptance of evolution as a scientifically factual phenomenon, and almost three quarters of those who accepted evolution reported that they intend to include biological evolution in their elementary science teaching. A landscape of sensitivities related to participants' decisions about teaching evolution emerged, including concerns regarding the religious beliefs of students and their parents, the pre-service teachers' inadequate understanding of evolutionary science, and their lack of knowledge of related pedagogical techniques. This study calls for more effective training of future teachers in evolutionary science and for teachers to be professionally prepared to deal with potential social challenges and pressures regarding the teaching of evolution in elementary schools. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada