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Professor Attitudes and Beliefs about Teaching Evolution


Abstract Teaching evolution has been shown to be a challenge for faculty, in both K-12 and postsecondary education. Many of these challenges stem from perceived conflicts not only between religion and evolution, but also faculty beliefs about religion, it's compatibility with evolutionary theory, and it's proper role in classroom curriculum. Studies suggest that if educators engage with students' religious beliefs and identity, this may help students have positive attitudes towards evolution. The aim of this study was to reveal attitudes and beliefs professors have about addressing religion and providing religious scientist role models to students when teaching evolution. 15 semi-structured interviews of tenured biology professors were c... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Barnes, Maryann Elizabeth (Author) / Brownell, Sara E (Advisor) / Brem, Sarah K (Advisor) / Lynch, John M (Committee member) / Ellison, Karin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Adult education / Evolution & development / Conceptual Change / Constructivism / Creationism / Education / Evolution / Religion
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 62 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Biology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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