Secondary School learners' response to the teaching of evolution in Limpopo Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Mpeta, Mamotena
dc.contributor.author De Villiers, J.J.R. (Rian)
dc.contributor.author Fraser, William John
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-31T06:06:46Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-31T06:06:46Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04
dc.description.abstract One of the major causes of the problems affecting evolution education is a lack of acceptance of this concept, particularly by some people who have strongly entrenched religious beliefs. This paper reports on a section of a study which explored the influence of the beliefs of learners in some secondary schools from the Vhembe District in the northern Limpopo Province, South Africa, on the teaching and learning of biological evolution. A questionnaire was administered to Grade 12 learners studying life sciences to which 348 responded. Data were analysed to provide descriptive and inferential data for analysis. Findings indicated moderate acceptance of evolution by the learners. Some of the factors which showed an association with learners’ acceptance included: learners’ religious beliefs, age and the time since they had first heard of evolution. Although some learners experienced conflict between their religious beliefs and evolution, the findings showed that most were willing to learn about it. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-10-31 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship University of Venda [grant number SEDU/11/PS/02]. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rjbe20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation M. Mpeta, J.J.R. de Villiers & W.J. Fraser (2015) Secondary School Learners’ Response to the Teaching of Evolution in Limpopo Province, South Africa, Journal of Biological Education, 49:2, 150-164, DOI:10.1080/00219266.2014.914555. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0021-9266 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2157-6009 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/00219266.2014.914555
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/49191
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Taylor and Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Biological Dynamics, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 150-164, 2015. doi : 10.1080/00219266.2014.914555. Journal of Biological Dynamics is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/tjbd20. en_ZA
dc.subject Biological evolution en_ZA
dc.subject Creation en_ZA
dc.subject Evolution acceptance en_ZA
dc.subject Religious beliefs en_ZA
dc.subject Worldviews en_ZA
dc.title Secondary School learners' response to the teaching of evolution in Limpopo Province, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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