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"... a survey of trainee teachers in the country concluded that religious belief was not a strong determinant of their acceptance of evolution3.

Yeah, sure. My belief in the Magic Man has nothing to do with my non-acceptance of evolution.

It also found that 40% of biology teachers agreed with the statement that “much of the scientific community doubts if evolution occurs”; and half disagreed that “modern humans are the product of evolutionary processes”.

Further confirmation of confirmation bias.

This from the abstract of the survey of trainee teachers:

Gender was significantly related to Korean teachers’ evolution content knowledge and acceptance of evolution, with female Christian biology teachers displaying the lowest values on all measures. Korean science teachers’ understandings of nature of science were significantly related to their acceptance and understanding of evolution; this relationship appears to transcend cultural boundaries. Our new data on Korean teachers, combined with studies from more than 20 other nations, expose the global nature of science teacher ambivalence or antipathy toward evolutionary knowledge.

This sentence is quite gobsmacking, isn't it.


Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:42:21 UTC | #945713