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Volume 11 Issue 2 (December 2017)


Misconceptions of Prospective Biology Teachers about Theory of Evolution

Bülent KESKİN, Esra ÖZAY KÖSE


Abstract

Constituting a central and unifying base for all biological fields, theory of evolution is an interdisciplinary subject and plays an important role in understanding some basic concepts of biology. The main purpose of this study is to identify the misconceptions of prospective biology teachers about the theory of evolution. The study was conducted with 117 prospective biology teachers attending the Department of Biology in Education faculty of Atatürk University in Turkey. A two tier misconception identification test consisting of true-false questions on what the theory of evolution was used. Based on qualitative and quantitative data obtained from test, it was found that teachers carry a great deal of misconceptions about this subject. It is noteworthy that majority of the prospective biology teachers have misconceptions about the basic theory and concepts of evolution as well as concepts describing the evolutionary process. Suggestions were made to address and eliminate possible causes of these misconceptions.

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