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

dc.contributorColeman, Julianne M.
dc.contributorDantzler, John A.
dc.contributorFowler, Melisa D.
dc.contributorWilson, Elizabeth K.
dc.contributor.advisorGoldston, M. Jenice
dc.contributor.authorGlaze, Amanda Michelle Lee
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T16:56:34Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T16:56:34Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.extent246 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0001475
dc.identifier.otherGlaze_alatus_0004D_11691
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1938
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectScience education
dc.subjectTeacher education
dc.subjectBiology
dc.titleEvolution and pre-service science teachers: investigating acceptance and rejectionen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Curriculum and Instruction
etdms.degree.disciplineSecondary Education
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.namePh.D.
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