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, vol.36, no.162, pp.39-55, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 162
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.39-55

Abstract

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.