Students learning biological evolution are challenged by conceptual understanding of the theory and by overcoming personal perceptions. This study evaluates the factors affecting understanding in a new introductory majors biology course (Biology 211) at California State University, Long Beach. The study includes 425 BIOL 211 students in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011. Data were collected through a content test given during the first two weeks of the semester and again at the end of the semester. Training on evolution misconceptions was provided to the graduate assistant laboratory instructors of the course in the Spring semester. In addition, all of the laboratory sections in the Spring experienced one laboratory that was rewritten to target the observed conceptual difficulties observed in the Fall semester. The findings of the study shed light on the specific roadblocks this student population faces with respect to understanding evolution and reflect the effectiveness of the course interventions on improving student understanding of evolution.
|Advisor:||Colburn, Alan, Henriques, Laura|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Evolution and Development, Science education|
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