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Cameron, Jacquelyn; Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Many biology teachers visit Dayton, Tennessee, to experience "ground zero" of the evolution-creationism controversy. This article provides concise descriptions, addresses, and GPS coordinates for the trial-related sites in and around Dayton.
Descriptors: Biology, Creationism, Evolution, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Schauer, Alexandria; Cotner, Sehoya; Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Students regard evolutionary theory differently than science in general. Students' reported confidence in their ability to understand science in general (e.g., posing scientific questions, interpreting tables and graphs, and understanding the content of their biology course) significantly outweighed their confidence in understanding evolution. We…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts
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Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2014
The alleged "man tracks" beside dinosaur tracks near Glen Rose, Texas, are among the most enduring pieces of evidence used by young-Earth creationists to reject evolution. Despite the tracks' fame, their most persistent advocate--that is, Carl Baugh of the Creation Evidence Museum--has published neither (1) peer-reviewed papers in…
Descriptors: Evolution, Scientific Concepts, Creationism, Paleontology
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Jensen, Murray; Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Many college courses have historically been associated with large amounts of reading. For example, many biology courses required students to read trade books such as Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" (Carson, 1962), or James Watson's "The Double Helix" (Watson, 1980), but now most instructors elect to focus students' reading on course textbooks and…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Student Attitudes, Textbooks, Study Guides
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Jensen, Philip A.; Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Students enter college exceedingly confident that they will earn high grades and engage themselves fully in their courses. However, students' grades and academic behaviors often do not match their expectations. This is especially true in introductory science courses, where grades and academic engagement are often low, even in courses taught by…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Graduation Rate, Biology, College Students
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Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Approximately one-fourth of biology teachers in public schools include creationism in their biology courses. Most of these teachers 1) present creationism as a scientific alternative to evolution, and 2) present only the biblical (i.e., Christian) story of creation. State science-education standards, position statements from professional…
Descriptors: Evolution, Creationism, Biology, Science Instruction
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Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2008
The academic success of students in introductory science courses is influenced by a variety of factors, the most important of which is academic motivation. Students express their levels of academic motivation in many ways, including their class attendance, amount of studying, compliance with assignments, and participation in course-related…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Motivation, Biology
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Jensen, Murray; Moore, Randy; Hatch, Jay; Hsu, Leon – American Biology Teacher, 2007
The call to teach students Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has been made by a variety of professional organizations. In addition to these national organizations, almost every state has science education guidelines calling for the teaching of evolution. Many administrators and policymakers believe that evolution is being taught,…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Evolution, Biology, Science Instruction
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Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2007
In a sample of 107 biology teachers from Minnesota's public schools, most teachers claimed that they emphasize evolution and allocated little or no time to creationism in the classes. However, in a sample of 685 students from Minnesota's public schools, students claimed that their teachers allocated much less time to evolution and much more time…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Creationism, Biology, Evolution
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Jensen, Murray; Duranczyk, Irene; Staats, Susan; Moore, Randy; Hatch, Jay; Somdahl, Chas – American Biology Teacher, 2006
This paper describes and evaluates a new type of multiple-choice test question that is relatively easy to construct and that challenges students' understandings of biological concepts. The questions involve a small narrative of scientific text that students must evaluate for accuracy. These are termed "You are the Teacher" questions because the…
Descriptors: Reciprocal Teaching, Multiple Choice Tests, Biology, Evaluation
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Moore, Randy; Froehle, Ann Marie; Kiernan, Julie; Greenwald, Barry – American Biology Teacher, 2006
Although most high school students want their biology classes to include evolution, most high school biology classes in Minnesota do not emphasize evolution. This lack of an emphasis on evolution defies state educational standards and is associated with most students (high school and college) having serious misconceptions about evolution. The…
Descriptors: Biology, Student Attitudes, Evolution, Science Instruction
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Moore, Randy; Kraemer, Karen – American Biology Teacher, 2005
The evolution-related attitudes and actions of Minnesota high school biology teachers were studied to estimate the prevalence of creationism among biology teachers. Minnesota's high school biology teachers were questioned about the evolution education in public schools regarding the percentage of biology teachers who teach evolution, class-time…
Descriptors: Evolution, Creationism, Biology, Teaching Methods
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Moore, Randy; Jensen, Murray; Hsu, Leon; Hatch, Jay – American Biology Teacher, 2003
Explains that although ethical aspects of science are rarely discussed, they are of interest to the public. Identifies Americans' concerns about science-related issues and how religion influences the issues. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Ethics, Religion, Science and Society, Science Education
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Moore, Randy; Jensen, Murray; Hatch, Jay; Duranczyk, Irene; Staats, Susan; Koch, Laura – American Biology Teacher, 2003
In order for students to succeed academically, they need to be motivated, and the simplest expression of student motivation is class attendance. Displays data on how student grades are associated with class attendance in a variety of introductory science courses. (SOE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Biology, College Freshmen
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Jensen, Murray; Moore, Randy; Hatch, Jay – American Biology Teacher, 2002
Introduces the Electronic Cooperative Quiz (ECQ) program which aims to investigate the implementation of cooperative quizzes to the World Wide Web. Describes the creation and design of the program and evaluates the two different methods used with students. (YDS)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education
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