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ERIC Number: EJ843393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Evolutionary Theory in Undergraduate Biology Programs at Lebanese Universities: A Comparative Study
Vlaardingerbroek, Barend; Hachem-El-Masri, Yasmine
International Journal of Educational Reform, v15 n2 p150-163 Spr 2006
The purpose of this study was to gauge the profile of evolutionary theory in Lebanese undergraduate biology programs. The research focused mainly on the views of university biology department heads, given that they are the people who exercise the most direct influence over their departments' ethos. An Australasian sample was chosen as a reference group. Results showed that two groups of academics who participated in the study differed markedly with respect to some issues raised but displayed a convergence of views with respect to others. The Lebanese sample was ideologically more heterogeneous than the Australasian, spanning the full range from literalist creationism to the explicit acceptance of materialistic evolution. The role of evolution in biology education was, however, a converging issue. On the whole, the Lebanese participants in the study clearly regarded the current situation with regard to evolution education as being unsatisfactory, and they were responsive to suggestions made in informal postinterview discussions that steps be taken to improve on it. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon