Evolution and pre-service science teachers: investigating acceptance and rejection

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dc.contributor Coleman, Julianne M.
dc.contributor Dantzler, John A.
dc.contributor Fowler, Melisa D.
dc.contributor Wilson, Elizabeth K.
dc.contributor.advisor Goldston, M. Jenice
dc.contributor.author Glaze, Amanda Michelle Lee
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:56:34Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:56:34Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001475
dc.identifier.other Glaze_alatus_0004D_11691
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1938
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract This study utilized three methodological approaches to examine the controversy and concerns associated with evolution education, taking the examination of acceptance and rejection full circle from concept to conflict. Employment of a critical analysis approach determined existing gaps in the literature surrounding evolution education and provided directionality for further study. A quantitative analysis generated findings that explain variance in the acceptance of evolution among pre-service science teachers in a teaching college in the Southeastern United States. A third qualitative method study explored the lived experiences of pre-service science teachers focusing on the variables of interest and generated a theoretical process model of acceptance and rejection for this group of participants. This study's variables explored aspects of Southern cultural and religious identity, socio-cultural influences on teaching and learning, and dilemmas faced by teachers when teaching controversial topics. This exploration illuminated the current state of evolution education in the Southeastern Unites States, as well as obstacles to the acceptance of evolution and possible avenues for improvement of science teacher education and classroom instruction. en_US
dc.format.extent 246 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Science education
dc.subject Teacher education
dc.subject Biology
dc.title Evolution and pre-service science teachers: investigating acceptance and rejection en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Curriculum and Instruction
etdms.degree.discipline Secondary Education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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