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Acceptance of Evolution Increases with Student Academic Level: A Comparison Between a Secular and a Religious College

Overview of attention for article published in Evolution: Education and Outreach, October 2009
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Title
Acceptance of Evolution Increases with Student Academic Level: A Comparison Between a Secular and a Religious College
Published in
Evolution: Education and Outreach, October 2009
DOI 10.1007/s12052-009-0175-7
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Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C., Avelina Espinosa

Abstract

Acceptance of evolution among the general public, high schools, teachers, and scientists has been documented in the USA; little is known about college students' views on evolution; this population is relevant since it transits from a high-school/parent-protective environment to an independent role in societal decisions. Here we compare perspectives about evolution, creationism, and intelligent design (ID) between a secular (S) and a religious (R) college in the Northeastern USA. Interinstitutional comparisons showed that 64% (mean S + R) biology majors vs. 42/62% (S/R) nonmajors supported the exclusive teaching of evolution in science classes; 24/29% (S/R) biology majors vs. 26/38% (S/R) nonmajors perceived ID as both alternative to evolution and/or scientific theory about the origin of life; 76% (mean S + R) biology majors and nonmajors accepted evolutionary explanations about the origin of life; 86% (mean S + R) biology majors vs. 79% (mean S + R) nonmajors preferred science courses where human evolution is discussed; 76% (mean S+R) biology majors vs. 79% (mean S + R) nonmajors welcomed questions about evolution in exams and/or thought that such questions should always be in exams; and 66% (mean S + R) biology majors vs. 46% (mean S + R) nonmajors admitted they accept evolution openly and/or privately. Intrainstitutional comparisons showed that overall acceptance of evolution among biologists (S or R) increased gradually from the freshman to the senior year, due to exposure to upper-division courses with evolutionary content. College curricular/pedagogical reform should fortify evolution literacy at all education levels, particularly among nonbiologists.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 6%
United Kingdom 1 3%
Thailand 1 3%
Brazil 1 3%
Unknown 31 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 8 22%
Student > Bachelor 6 17%
Student > Postgraduate 5 14%
Lecturer 3 8%
Researcher 3 8%
Other 11 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 42%
Social Sciences 8 22%
Arts and Humanities 2 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 6%
Psychology 2 6%
Other 7 19%

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#5,102,244
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