ERIC Number: EJ836334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
How Do Preservice Teachers' Religious Beliefs Affect Their Understanding of Astronomy?
Torres, Jesus Rodrigo F.
Astronomy Education Review, v7 n2 p25-39 2009
This article describes research on conceptions of preservice science teachers in their fourth year of undergraduate studies relating to: whether Earth is the center of the Universe; whether the sky is a literal vault or dome; whether Earth is flat or round; the timeline of the formation of the Universe; and the age of the Earth. The results, which indicate that religion has a strong influence on teachers' astronomical beliefs, are quite startling and potentially helpful to professors of astronomy who have an opportunity to correct preservice teachers' misconceptions before these teachers go into the field. (Contains 5 tables and 18 online resources.)
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Astronomy, Science Teachers, Misconceptions, Student Teacher Attitudes, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Religion, Religious Factors, Influences, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Creationism, Evolution
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines