Professors Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner surveyed 1,000 university students taking introductory biology classes. They wanted to determine how biology majors view evolution compared with non-majors.All the more reason to yank creationism out of the science classroom.
The scientists said their results showed the two groups' views were similar and revealed high school biology teachers influence whether college students accept evolution or question it based on creationism.
The researchers said students whose high school biology class included creationism (with or without evolution) were more likely to accept creationist views as entering college students. Similarly, students exposed to evolutionism, but not creationism, were more likely to accept evolution in college.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
The Influence of High School Biology
UPI has a story indicating that how evolution is taught in high school biology has a large impact on how a student views it thereafter. As the story notes: