Knowledge and Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory among Students Pursuing a Masters of Science Education Degree David Allan,...
Charles Darwin <ul><li>1859: Darwin’s   On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection  is published  </li></ul><u...
Theodisius Dobzhansky (1973) <ul><li>“ Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  </li></ul>
Why is this issue important? <ul><li>Evolution is the unifying concept in the life sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Students may...
Are students prepared for the more rigorous college science curriculum? <ul><li>Studies enrolling high school students are...
Gender of Participants
Level of Education of Participants
Age of Participants
School Setting of Participants
Ethnicity of Participants
Questions regarding knowledge of evolution theory <ul><li>Average: 88.9% correct responses </li></ul><ul><li>Range: 33.3 (...
Attitudes toward evolution theory <ul><li>All participants indicated that they learned about evolution theory in school. <...
Question 2 <ul><li>2.  According to modern evolutionary theory, new traits that help a species survive in a particular env...
Question 2
Limitations <ul><li>Small sample size </li></ul><ul><li>Sample is not random </li></ul>
Future Research <ul><li>Drop or modify Question 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Ask teachers their area of concentration </li></ul><ul...
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Knowledge and Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory among Students Pursuing a Masters of Science Education Degree

  1. 1. Knowledge and Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory among Students Pursuing a Masters of Science Education Degree David Allan, DPM
  2. 2. Charles Darwin <ul><li>1859: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection is published </li></ul><ul><li>A debate began between the scientific community which generally supports the Theory of evolution and religious groups who believe in a special creation by a supreme being. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Theodisius Dobzhansky (1973) <ul><li>“ Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is this issue important? <ul><li>Evolution is the unifying concept in the life sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Students may leave high school unprepared for the more rigorous science curriculum </li></ul>
  5. 5. Are students prepared for the more rigorous college science curriculum? <ul><li>Studies enrolling high school students are rare </li></ul><ul><li>I encountered difficulty in obtaining permission to conduct research in public high schools </li></ul>
  6. 6. Gender of Participants
  7. 7. Level of Education of Participants
  8. 8. Age of Participants
  9. 9. School Setting of Participants
  10. 10. Ethnicity of Participants
  11. 11. Questions regarding knowledge of evolution theory <ul><li>Average: 88.9% correct responses </li></ul><ul><li>Range: 33.3 (66.7% to 100%) </li></ul><ul><li>Mean: 88.9% </li></ul>
  12. 12. Attitudes toward evolution theory <ul><li>All participants indicated that they learned about evolution theory in school. </li></ul><ul><li>All participants indicated that they believe evolution theory is true. </li></ul><ul><li>All participants indicated that evolution theory does not conflict with what they have learned outside of school </li></ul>
  13. 13. Question 2 <ul><li>2. According to modern evolutionary theory, new traits that help a species survive in a particular environment will generally </li></ul><ul><li>a. increase in frequency </li></ul><ul><li>b. decrease in frequency </li></ul><ul><li>c. not change in frequency </li></ul><ul><li>d. increase and decrease unpredictably in frequency </li></ul>
  14. 14. Question 2
  15. 15. Limitations <ul><li>Small sample size </li></ul><ul><li>Sample is not random </li></ul>
  16. 16. Future Research <ul><li>Drop or modify Question 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Ask teachers their area of concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct research enrolling high school students </li></ul>
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