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ERIC Number: EJ836334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
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.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines