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Understanding and Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory Among Turkish University Students = Türk Üniversite Öğrencileri Arasında Evrim Teorisini Anlama ve Kabul Etme

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Author(s): Efsun ANNAÇ | Hasan BAHÇEKAPILI

Journal: Dogus University Journal
ISSN 1302-6739

Volume: 13;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Accepting Evolution | Understanding Evolution | Science Education | Turkish Undergraduates | Evrim Teorisini Kabul Etme | Evrim Teorisini Anlama | Bilim Eğitimi | Türk Üniversite Öğrencileri

ABSTRACT
Acceptance level of evolutionary theory and factors predicting it were examined among Psychology majors from Doğuş University and Bahçeşehir University (N=99). About half of the students accepted evolutionary theory, which is a higher percentage than in previous reports. Positive attitudes towards science and parents’ education were positively correlated with acceptance whereas religiosity was negatively correlated. Understanding of evolutionary theory was surprisingly low. Understanding the theory and understanding the nature of science were unrelated to acceptance. Recommendations are made to improve the teaching of evolutionary theory.Acceptance level of evolutionary theory and factors predicting it were examined among Psychology majors from Doğuş University and Bahçeşehir University (N=99). About half of the students accepted evolutionary theory, which is a higher percentage than in previous reports. Positive attitudes towards science and parents’ education were positively correlated with acceptance whereas religiosity was negatively correlated. Understanding of evolutionary theory was surprisingly low. Understanding the theory and understanding the nature of science were unrelated to acceptance. Recommendations are made to improve the teaching of evolutionary theory.

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