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ERIC Number: EJ957436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Evolution and Personal Religious Belief: Christian University Biology-Related Majors' Search for Reconciliation
Winslow, Mark W.; Staver, John R.; Scharmann, Lawrence C.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v48 n9 p1026-1049 Nov 2011
The goal of this study was to explore Christian biology-related majors' perceptions of conflicts between evolution and their religious beliefs. This naturalistic study utilized a case study design of 15 undergraduate biology-related majors at or recent biology-related graduates from a mid-western Christian university. The broad sources of data were interviews, course documents, and observations. Outcomes indicate that most participants were raised to believe in creationism, but came to accept evolution through evaluating evidence for evolution, negotiating the literalness of Genesis, recognizing evolution as a non-salvation issue, and observing professors as Christian role models who accept evolution. This study lends heuristic insight to researchers and educators seeking to understand the complex processes by which Christian biology-related majors approach learning about evolution. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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