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ERIC Number: EJ823307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Seeing May Not Mean Believing: Examining Students' Understandings & Beliefs in Evolution
Cavallo, Ann M. L.; McCall, David
American Biology Teacher, v70 n9 p522-530 Nov-Dec 2008
Science education currently has incomplete understandings of potential relationships between students' beliefs in Nature of Science (NOS) and evolution, and how these beliefs may be related to scientific understandings of evolution. Because of evolution's prominence in science education, curricula decisions, and the future of science teaching and learning, it is important to gain more information on teaching and learning evolution through research. This study attempts to contribute to the knowledge base surrounding evolution in science education by exploring interrelationships among students' beliefs about the nature of science and evolution, and their scientific conceptual understandings of this theory. This study was conducted in a suburban/rural high school freshman campus located in the midwestern part of the United States. The students in the study were those enrolled in three ninth-grade biology classes. The data was collected by having students complete questionnaires regarding their beliefs about the nature of science and their beliefs about evolution. Results show that student beliefs did not change during the course of the instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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