ERIC Number: EJ1053025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
The Relationship between Biology Classes and Biological Reasoning and Common Heath Misconceptions
Keselman, Alla; Hundal, Savreen; Chentsova-Dutton, Yulia; Bibi, Raquel; Edelman, Jay A.
American Biology Teacher, v77 n3 p170-175 Mar 2015
This study investigates the relationship among (1) college major, (2) knowledge used in reasoning about common health beliefs, and (3) judgment about the accuracy of those beliefs. Seventy-four college students, advanced biology and non-science majors, indicated their agreement or disagreement with commonly believed, but often inaccurate, statements about health and explained their reasoning. The results indicated that while the direct impact of college-level biology coursework on judgment accuracy was minimal, biology major was associated with increased reliance on advanced biological reasoning, which mediated judgment accuracy. However, the overall association of advanced biological reasoning with judgment accuracy was small. The discussion calls for strengthening the science--daily life connection in biology education for majors and nonmajors.
Descriptors: Biology, Misconceptions, Biological Sciences, Health Behavior, Thinking Skills, Beliefs, Accuracy, College Students, Majors (Students), Health Education, Knowledge Level, Science Achievement, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Qualitative Research, Scientific Literacy, Investigations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.
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