The logical solution would be to quit teaching it then, but our brains apparently didn’t evolve in such a way as to tumble to that.
Research has revealed that high school students matriculate to college holding misconceptions related to biological evolution. These misconceptions interfere with students’ abilities to grasp accurate scientific explanations and serve as fundamental barriers to understanding evolution. Because the scientific community regards evolution as a vital part of science education, it is imperative that students’ misconceptions are identified and their sources revealed. The purpose of this study was to identify the types and prevalence of biological evolution-related misconceptions held by high school biology teachers and their students, and to identify those factors that contribute to student acquisition of such misconceptions, with particular emphasis given to the role of the teacher.
Analyses revealed that students typically exit the Biology I classroom more confident in their biological evolution knowledge but holding greater numbers of misconceptions than they initially possessed upon entering the course.
These misconceptions range from minor misunderstandings to complete theory rejection.
Complete theory rejection? Any idea why that might be?
Oh, just whistled by while you were out: Cambrian shrimp’s heart more complex than modern one
Anyone remember ENCODE? Not much junk DNA? Still not much.
Stuff Darwin hates: School system improves without Darwin
The students probably don’t know this stuff, but if they did, would they be any more likely to believe the dogma spouted in the classroom? They are better prepared for life today if they don’t.
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