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K-8 Educators Perceptions and Preparedness for Teaching Evolution Topics
Journal of Science Teacher Education (2009)
  • Louis S. Nadelson, Boise State University
  • Sandra Nadelson, Boise State University
Abstract

Many science education standards mandate teaching evolution concepts in the K-8 curriculum. Yet, not all K-8 certified educators embrace the notion of teaching evolution content Factors influencing K-8 teacher engagement with evolution curriculum include evolution familiarity and personal beliefs conflicts. With this in mind, we investigated the perceptions and beliefs about evolution of educators who had completed a science and mathematics education master’s degree. Our quantitative and qualitative data indicate some participants did not feel prepared or responsible for teaching evolution content. The discussion of our study results and implications was done in the context of achieving science learning standards.

Publication Date
December 19, 2009
Publisher Statement

Journal of Science Teacher Education, Volume 21, Number 7, 843-858, DOI: 10.1007/s10972-009-9171-6

Citation Information
Louis S. Nadelson and Sandra Nadelson. "K-8 Educators Perceptions and Preparedness for Teaching Evolution Topics" Journal of Science Teacher Education Vol. 21 Iss. 7 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/louis_nadelson/6/