An Assessment into Pre-service Biology Teachers' Approaches to the Theory of Evolution and Nature of Science

İREZ O. S. , Bakanay Ç. D.

EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, cilt.36, sa.162, ss.39-55, 2011 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 36 Konu: 162
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.39-55


This study explores how a group of pre-service biology teachers view the nature of evolutionary theory and how their views about nature of science affect their approaches to the theory of evolution. A total number of 75 pre-service teachers participated in the study. Participants' perceptions of nature of science and the theory of evolution were assessed by a questionnaire and a semi-structured, face-to-face interviews. The results revealed that the participants generally had negative attitudes toward the nature and status of the theory of evolution. Furthermore, a detailed analysis of participants' accounts with regard to the nature of science and the examination of the association of these accounts with their views about the theory of evolution implied a potential relationship.